Whiter teeth is one of the hottest web (and pharmacy!) searches, but clicking on one of those articles can be a decision fraught with serious consequences for your teeth IF you don’t do it safely. Here’s the answer on how to whiten your teeth safely, as well as the answers to any of your other questions about teeth whitening.
Are teeth whitening products permanent?
Teeth whitening is not permanent. Teeth whitening temporarily removes stains, which is why you should look for a product that maintains the whitening. It is important to note that fillings, crowns, and other dental work does not whiten.
What teeth whitening products are safe?
There are two ways to make sure that you are using a safe teeth whitening product, and both involve relying on the pros. If you are searching for an over-the-counter product (hopefully after scheduling a thorough exam with your dentist and getting their approval), look for the American Dental Association seal of approval. For a one-stop shop alternative, schedule an exam at your dentist’s office and discuss your options with your dentist. Your dentist may have a safe teeth whitening product you can purchase on-site (and use with their approval and under their care safely).
What are the negative side effects of teeth whitening?
At home remedies and over-the-counter teeth whitening products may seem like a good idea, but there is a buyer beware clause. Teeth whitening products can cause tooth sensitivity, penetrate tooth decay, and unevenly whiten.
Why should I contact a dentist before teeth whitening?
There are several reasons to schedule a dentist appointment before you start whitening your teeth. If you have any cavities, the cavities should be treated before tooth whitening. Your dentist can recommend a safe teeth whitening product that won’t damage your teeth and is ideal for your specific teeth.
How does teeth whitening work?
How your teeth whitening product works depends on what you use; make sure you look for the ADA seal of approval on the product.
We can tell you how the whitening trays we recommend work; after a full dentist exam, you receive custom-made whitening trays for upper and lower teeth and a two-week supply of whitening gel. At your next exam, you receive two tubes of touch-up whitening gel that maintains your white teeth. Have any other questions? Ask us.