When patients consider getting their teeth whitened, one of the most common questions they ask their dentist is if teeth whitening is bad for their teeth. The short answer is no, but there are some times when you may want to avoid using whitening products. Teeth whitening ingredients are very safe and effective for naturally lifting deep-set tooth stains from the pores of your teeth. However, let’s go over a few factors that may cause you to want to avoid selecting a whitening product for the time being.
If you have active cavities in your mouth, the whitening gel can access inner layers of your tooth. This may cause sensitivity or irritation to your tooth nerves. It’s important to have large cavities repaired before you begin a whitening routine. If you want to have the new fillings match your whiter teeth, your dentist can place a temporary filling before you start your whitening treatment.
Some people just naturally have more sensitive teeth than others. Even using whitening toothpaste is enough to set some people’s teeth on edge. If that’s you, you may want to use a lower concentration of whitening gel, or combine it with a sensitivity toothpaste. Your dentist can also apply a fluoride varnish or desensitizing gel to help avoid this side effect some people have.
It’s recommended that if you are nursing or pregnant, you do not use a tooth whitening gel. While it is proven to be safe, the ADA and dentists recommend that you wait until your baby is born or you’re finished nursing, just in case you happen to accidentally ingest any during your application.
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There is a wide range of at-home teeth whitening options and kits available at most retail stores. And while some of these at-home teeth whitening treatments are helpful, none of these products can compare to the benefits you’ll receive from having your teeth professionally whitened by a competent dentist.
At-home teeth-whitening treatments usually require you to apply them over the long-term. You will have to repeatedly use them to achieve noticeable results. Additionally, you’ll have to continue using at-home whitening treatments regularly to simply maintain whatever results you’ve achieved.
Alternatively, professional in-office teeth whitening treatment can give you a noticeably brighter and whiter smile in just one session at your dentist’s office. Also, professional teeth-whitening gives you the added benefit of receiving attention to your individual and unique needs. The result is a more natural-looking and uniform whitening of your teeth. The teeth-whitening treatments available over-the-counter often leave you with spotty teeth-whitening results because these retail kits are not tailored to your individual smile.
Another advantage that professional teeth whitening treatments have compared to over-the-counter options is that professional treatment generally lasts much longer than the retail teeth whiteners do. And while some patients, at some point down the road, opt for a follow-up teeth-whitening treatment, it’s nevertheless possible to maintain an attractive, beautiful, and bright smile for a very long time by simply following a good dental hygiene routine, lifestyle choices, and a healthy diet.
Cosmetic dentists use teeth whitening to help countless people (including celebrities) maintain white, beautiful smiles. To find out which teeth-whitening treatment option is best for you, contact your local dentist. A teeth whitening consultation is the best way to have your aesthetic desires and unique needs addressed.
Posted on behalf of Randy Muccioli
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