One of the greatest accessories that you can show off is a brilliant, white smile. For decades, people have used teeth whitening procedures to achieve a brighter smile. Brides-to-be, those in a professional setting, coffee addicts, and those who are simply self-conscious about their appearance are all frequent users of teeth whitening products. The best results from teeth whitening can only be achieved through a dentist’s professional whitening treatment, yet many people are still shelling out millions of dollars every year on at-home products that claim to bring out their whitest smile. While choosing to whiten your teeth at home is not necessarily harmful, many people are in fact harming their teeth with common teeth whitening mistakes.
In order to avoid a damaged smile that is expensive to recover, protect your smile before you choose to use an over the counter whitening product.
- Ask for your dentist’s approval. Before you begin any “at home” treatment, it is always important to seek advice from your dentist. It is your dentist who knows the ins and outs of your smile and your oral health. Your dentist can advise you as to whether your teeth are healthy enough to safely whiten your teeth at home.
- Read the directions and follow them. The most common causes of damage by at-home teeth whitening is using the whitening products in excess or by keeping the product on the teeth for too long. Many people mistakenly believe that if they leave the whitening product on longer, then they will have better results. However, this will not occur. In fact, leaving whitening strips on too long or using whitening gel and leaving trays in for too long can cause uneven whitening to occur. The misuse of teeth whitening products can also cause the tooth enamel to weaken and cause extreme tooth sensitivity.
- There is no one-size-fits-all approach. Nowhere in life is there a single solution that will work for every person. Using trays that are for “any size mouth” will not give you the results that you desire.
In order to achieve a truly brilliant smile, contact Pacific Sky Dental today. We offer professional teeth whitening procedures that will save you time and money, and will also safely and effectively whiten your teeth with dramatic benefits.
Posted on behalf of Dr. Raymond Jone, Pacific Sky Dental