Having whiter teeth is something that most people desire. White teeth often give off the appearance that your teeth are healthier and better taken care of, but over time, the color of your teeth may fade even with proper oral care. This can be due to some of the foods we eat and biological changes that happen as we age. Before using teeth whitening products or seeing your dentist about teeth whitening options, here are some important things to know:
- There are many different products. The gels or strips you get from the store will most likely be somewhat different from the products your dentist will use. Along with this, there are different strengths and systems to consider.
- Teeth whitening may not be the best solution for you. If you have especially sensitive teeth, you may have to use a different product to avoid unwanted side effects, like gum or tooth irritation. For some people, specifically adolescents with baby teeth or pregnant women, teeth whitening may be more dangerous.
- Using products from stores probably won’t cause permanent damage to your teeth. Of course, getting results without destroying enamel is dependent upon following directions on teeth whitening products. In order to safely use these products, follow the directions and don’t use them longer than recommended.
Teeth whitening can be a great tool to get the smile you want, whether you use in-home products or visit your dentist. For any other questions about teeth whitening, give us a call at Kotis Family Dentistry!