Your Smile: 3 Things You Shouldn’t Try

3goldAre you the type of person who gleefully announces that you will try anything once? Perhaps you fall on the other end of the spectrum and make extremely careful, deliberate choices for yourself. Then again, you might be someone who experiences a bit of a tug-of-war because you’re somewhere in between. When it comes to trying new things for your smile, there are some not-so-great things out there that can negatively impact your oral health. Keep them in mind, so your grin stays in one piece.

#1: Over-The-Counter (OTC) Whitening

You have probably seen so many OTC products that you assume choosing any one of them must be fine. Actually, an OTC whitening product can lead to grim results for your oral health. In addition to the fact that your teeth will not become much whiter, the formulations can cause injury, while promoting sensitivity.

#2: Homemade Braces

Have you been noticing that pins for homemade braces keep showing up on your Pinterest feed? If so, you might start visualizing your beautifully aligned future smile and all the money you can save by creating your own Invisalign treatment dupe. As you likely know deep down, an attempt at being your own orthodontist is impossible and quite dangerous! Ask us about treatment options if you want a straight smile and we will help.

#3: To Perform Your Own Treatment

From something as simple as dislodging food stuck between your teeth to using DIY options for bonding, remember that you are not a dentist either. The simple act of over-flossing (or using an instrument to remove debris that doesn’t come out with one pass of your floss) can lead to significant oral health damage. Leave the treatments to us!


At A New Smile Dental Group, our dentists strive to offer each patient individual care and access to high-quality, modern dentistry at an affordable price. If you would like to schedule a consultation, then call our San Fernando Valley, CA office today at (818) 897-5771. We proudly serve residents of Pacoima, CA, as well as San Fernando, Los Angeles, Granada Hills, Van Nuys, Sherman Oaks, and all surrounding communities.