Teeth Whitening Safety
As with any new health regimen, it is always a good idea to consult a health professional (in this case your dentist) before using household teeth whitening kits. Although home teeth whitening kits are safe for many people, there are several situations where it may not be suitable for some people to use them.
Advantages of Teeth Whitening
The benefits of whitening your teeth are primarily cosmetics. The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry estimates that 96 percent of adults agree that attractive smiles make opposite sex members more desirable, and 74 percent of adults believe that unattractive smiles impede job success. Confidence that often comes with a whiter smile is another key advantage of whitening your teeth. Shop our whitening kit here
Risks and Side Effects Of Teeth Whitening
Teeth bleaching can cause a number of side effects. Tooth sensitivity and gum discomfort can occur. However, Cleveland Clinic notes that gum irritation is usually caused by improper whitening trays (rather than the bleaching agent itself) and that the sensitivity and irritation of the tissues often disappear within one to three days of completion of treatment.
When to Avoid It
While whitening your teeth has cosmetic benefits, it’s not for everyone. Teeth bleaching can often be expensive, and it doesn’t work on any kind of tooth discoloration. The ADA states that whitening agents are not active on veneers, fillings, crowns, and caps and are unlikely to work on discoloration that is black, gray or caused by injury or treatment. That’s why it’s important to check with your dentist before you spend money on teeth whitening products. You can contact us prior to booking an appointment to find out if we have any whitening specials available. Book your 30-minute session.
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The Bottom Line
Understanding the pros and cons of whitening your teeth will help you determine if it’s a good fit for you. When properly used, whitening products are considered safe but are not suitable for all forms of stains. Please consult with your dentist before the whitening process.
How to Maintain Your Good Results
Once you have used our whitening products, there are things you can do to prevent stains and keep your smile as bright as possible:
- Practice good dental hygiene, including brushing twice a day, flossing once a day and seeing us for your routine cleanings
- Be aware of major stain culprits, such as red wine, tomato-based foods, energy drinks, tea and coffee
- Rinse your mouth with water after eating or drinking so that stain causers don’t sit on your teeth
- Don’t smoke
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