The Do’s and Don’ts of Teeth Whitening

Many of us want to have whiter teeth. There are a number of methods to get whiter teeth, commonly people take an approach with products available over the counter combined with in-office treatments. Consulting with your dentist on whitening your teeth is the best way to determine what options are best for you, what will produce the best results and to discuss any considerations that you should be aware of. Teeth whitening systems rely on peroxide-based bleaching, an in-office treatment is done under the care of a dentist and typically uses a stronger solution of whitening agents for faster results. Whiteners may not be able to correct all the discoloration and can damage the enamel if not used correctly.

To get the best results from tooth whitening, there are some best practices to help improve and maintain your white smile. Tru Family Dental recommends that tooth whitening be done under the care and supervision of a dentist to ensure maximum results, overall satisfaction and optimal safety.

Practice good oral hygiene when whitening.

If you are using an over-the-counter strip to whiten your teeth, then it’s important to remember that these products are designed for use in a mouth that is healthy. If there is build up on your teeth, you won’t achieve the results you want. Flossing and brushing are important, as well as visiting the dentist for a cleaning. Schedule your dental checkup before you start a whitening system so your dentist can check for any tooth decay. If there are cavities, the bleach can seep into them, hit a nerve, and cause pain.

Be aware of what is staining your teeth.

Foods that can stain a white carpet will also stain teeth. These foods include dark juices, coffee, tea, wine, food dyes, blackberries, and more. If you want whiter teeth, avoid these foods or be sure to rinse your mouth out with water after consuming. The first days after using a whitening treatment are the most important. The less you indulge in these foods, then the longer your results should last. Whitening teeth can cause teeth to be more porous in the short term, so they will absorb stains.

Check expiration dates on whitening products.

Be cautious about any flash sales on a tooth whitening kit. This could be because it’s close to the expiration date. The main ingredient in many whitening products is hydrogen peroxide. Over time, the hydrogen peroxide will change to water and oxygen. If you are using a kit after the expiration date, you aren’t getting the right ingredients and the results won’t be as effective.

To get the best results from tooth whitening, there are some best practices to help improve and maintain your white smile.

Follow instructions.

Don’t let the whiteners sit on your teeth longer than you are supposed to. Doing so can increase the sensitivity of teeth and gums or damage them. If you notice your teeth are sensitive and you notice pain, give your mouth a rinse with some tepid water and then take a break for a few days. If you still continue to feel pain, then seek out professional advice.

Don’t leave white strips in hot temperatures.

Your white strips shouldn’t be left in a hot car while you run other errands or left in an area of your home exposed to a lot of heat. Heat will make the hydrogen peroxide in the strips inactive. You can store them in the refrigerator to extend the shelf life if you aren’t using them right away. Just be sure to use them before the expiration date.

Don’t smoke.

Smoking can be one of the fastest ways to diminish teeth whiteness, so it’s best to eliminate it from your lifestyle if you want to have whiter teeth. Stopping smoking can also have a number of different benefits to your health and can lower your risk for oral cancer.

Don’t use home remedies.

Home remedies, such as activated charcoal, lemon juice, or baking soda, aren’t effective in maintaining the health of the teeth. Baking soda and activated charcoal can be abrasive and damage your enamel. Damaging the enamel will make teeth more porous and more prone to staining. Lemon juice and anything else that is acidic is not something you want on your teeth.

Don’t whiten teeth if pregnant or breast-feeding.

There isn’t enough research to support if it is safe to whiten teeth while pregnant or breastfeeding, so it’s best to just err on the side of caution in these cases.

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