10 Of The Worst Teeth Whitening Mistakes

10 Of The Worst Teeth Whitening Mistakes

These days, teeth whitening home remedies are everywhere. Beauty aisles in the pharmacy, at department stores and even in our supermarkets are filled with simple, effective at-home whitening solutions. But that does not mean that every product is created equal – or is even safe and healthy for your teeth! There are many mistakes that people make when choosing, buying and using teeth whitening products. Here are a few to watch out for!


  1. Going to a beauty salon or other unauthorized shop that offers to whiten your teeth. Surprisingly, many beauticians now offer tooth whitening procedures. Unfortunately, they are most often NOT equipped to handle it safely or properly. Always double-check with your dentist’s office to make sure the technology you choose to use is safe! They can review the whitening process they use and decide if it’s right for your oral health.
  2. Using harsh chemicals or agents. When you have crowns, implants or veneers, using high-intensity bleaches can damage those expensive dental implants. Over time, abrasive materials can break down porcelain and composite restorations. Too much bleaching can also make your white smile look uneven.
  3. Eating or drinking during or right after the whitening procedure. Your dental professional will recommend you avoid food or beverages right after your teeth bleaching treatment. Without waiting the proper amount of time, your saliva will dissolve the whitening product from your tooth’s surface. This makes the often expensive practice more ineffective than useful. 
  4. Using affordable whitening kits. You get what you pay for. Super affordable whitening kits can contain dangerous combinations of chemicals including chlorine dioxide, which is used for cleaning pools. Unsafe ingredients will damage your enamel, which makes your teeth even more susceptible to staining and discoloration. The wrong products also severely burn your gum tissue and cause the need for further dental treatment, so it’s important to find safe and clinically tested whitening kits. 
  5. Trying natural whiteners found in your home. Over the years, people have tried virtually everything to remove discoloration and whiten their teeth. Some of them include common household items like table salt or coarse salt, charcoal and even chalk. Most of these ingredients prove to be more abrasive and damaging than anything else. They may even be harmful to your overall health. Always talk to a dental professional or doctor before you try a DIY home teeth whitening regimen.


  1. Using whitening trays that don’t fit. Unless you are paying extremely expensive prices to have a dentist custom make a dental tray for you, most dental trays are ill-fitting at best.  Too much space allows the saliva to wash away any active ingredients from the whitening gel before they have any actual chance to whiten teeth. 
  2. Not cleaning your teeth before whitening. Leftover food debris, plaque and bacteria can negate the entire process of teeth whitening. Particles on your enamel will make it difficult if not impossible for the bleaching agents to work properly. Always brush your teeth with a gentle whitening toothpaste before whitening!
  3. Overusing whitening strips. This may seem like an affordable way to whiten your teeth (or not…those strips can get pretty expensive!); however, there is a definite risk involved in how often you use them and how long you keep them on. Using them too often or too long puts your teeth in danger of increased sensitivity. Many people do not use whitening strips according to instructions, which can also make them ineffective in getting a brighter smile. 
  4. Using baking soda. Many people use baking soda as a way to clean their teeth and make them whiter, but it isn’t necessarily a good option. This is especially true if you use a baking soda product too much. Baking soda includes abrasive ingredients that can scrub the surface of your teeth, weakening the enamel and increasing tooth sensitivity.
  5. Using acidic whiteners, such as lemon juice or apple cider vinegar, can do the same type of damage as baking soda. These home remedies can cause enamel erosion, which puts you at a higher risk for cavities. The American Dental Association (ADA) lists lemons and other citrus or acidic fruits as among the top nine foods that can damage teeth.



GO SMILE is the answer to the vast number of ineffective and hard to use whitening products on the market. We understand that teeth are porous, so food and drinks can stain not only the surface of teeth, but beneath the enamel, too. Brushing alone — even with a “whitening” toothpaste — won’t remove those stains completely.

To safely achieve the white smile you’re looking for, you need a whitener with peroxide. This type of whitening formula releases ions that safely penetrate teeth to whiten thoroughly. Many teeth whitening products don’t contain any or enough peroxide.

GO SMILE has spent years perfecting formulas that contain the right amount of peroxide to dramatically whiten your teeth, without the mess or sensitivity of competing home teeth whitening products.

There are no expected side effects to using GO SMILE whiteners. Unlike other whitening products, GO SMILE whiteners cause virtually no sensitivity to your teeth or gums. If you’re looking for a quick and comfortable teeth whitening experience, we have everything you need for a cleaner, brighter and whiter smile!