With so many DIY teeth whitening tricks and products out there, it might not seem necessary to consult a dentist first.
But there are actually a few reasons you should have a dental checkup before you begin any teeth bleaching regimen.
Bleaching is bad for cavities.
Teeth whitening agents can be caustic. They sting when applied to teeth with exposed nerves. If you have any cavities, those are weak spots in the enamel that can let teeth bleaching chemicals access the sensitive inner layer of the tooth.
When you have a dental checkup, the dentist will check for signs of decay and weak enamel. It’s ideal to have those areas patched up before you put any chemicals on them.
Your dentist will have tips for more effective whitening.
Your dentist knows teeth, after all. He or she will be able to give you recommendations for whitening your smile in a way that will get you the best results in the safest manner. In some cases, an over-the-counter rinse may be all that’s needed. Other times, professional in-office bleaching is the best way.
Some teeth may not respond to whitening.
You could spend countless weeks and hundreds of dollars whitening teeth which, to your frustration, won’t get any lighter.
Tell your dentist you’d like to lighten your tooth color and ask what results you can expect. Some teeth won’t whiten with any bleaching technique if their stain is due to trauma. You may have dental restorations like crowns that won’t bleach, either.
If teeth bleaching would be pointless for you, then your dentist will recommend other more effective methods.
Schedule a checkup at your local dental office if you’re interested in whitening!
Posted on behalf of:
Dunwoody Family & Cosmetic Dentistry
1816 Independence Square, Suite B
Dunwoody, GA 30338
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