August 22, 2019
You know that having a brighter smile will do wonders for your self-confidence. After years of wanting to hide your teeth because you were embarrassed by the fact that they are stained and discolored, you’re ready to turn over a new leaf and get invest in teeth whitening. On your quest for beautiful pearly whites, be sure not to make choices that could harm your oral health. Here are some mistakes you won’t want to make.
Whitening Without Consultation Your Dentist First
Teeth whitening kits use a variety of active ingredients to remove surface stains and transform the color of your smile. However, some of these products can have harmful impacts on your oral health and cause permanent damage like enamel erosion. That’s why it’s important to discuss your options with your cosmetic dentist first. They can recommend products including professional treatment that utilize safe, proven, and tested ingredients that are approved by the American Dental Association.
Choosing One-Size-Fits-All Kits
Not all mouths are the same, that’s why choosing store-bought kits that are one-size-fits-all isn’t the best choice. Dentists create custom-crafted whitening trays that snugly fit over your teeth to avoid bleaching gel from damaging your gums or irritating your throat. Also, these trays allow for an evenly-distributed material across the surface of your teeth, so you end up with certain areas that are whiter than others.
Getting Teeth Whitening at a Salon
Although it may be tempting to get your teeth whitened while you’re being pampered at the salon, it’s not the best decision. Dentists don’t recommend this because the equipment being used to whiten teeth may not be routinely disinfected. This can be due to the fact that the establishment doesn’t have the proper tools, or the aestheticians haven’t acquired the right training to do so. Instead, let the salon handle the waxing, haircuts, and facials.
Overusing Whitening Toothpaste
When you walk down the oral hygiene aisle, you’ve probably been overwhelmed by the sheer number of products at your fingertips. With so many whitening toothpastes to choose from, you’ll want to go back and try them all if you’re not getting the results you want. If you’re dedicated to transforming your stained teeth into beautiful pearly whites, it can be easy to get addicted to using these products every day. However, whitening toothpastes are more abrasive than regular toothpaste and can leave your mouth defenseless against cavities and decay. This could also lead to tooth sensitivity whenever you consume something that’s hot or cold in temperature.
Not all teeth are the same, which is why getting individualized treatment that’s tailored to improve your mouth is the safest and most effective solution to teeth whitening. Instead of taking a gamble on over-the-counter kits, visit your cosmetic dentist for fast, proven, and effective results.
About the Author
Dr. Laura Ryan earned her dental degree from Baylor College of Dentistry in Dallas and spends most of her free time giving back to her community. She gives free exams and sealants at the Dallas Mayor’s Back to School Fair and extracts teeth at the Dallas Life Homeless Shelter. She is dedicated to getting to know each of her patients and helping them achieve their dream smile and optimal oral health. She offers a variety of cosmetic solutions including professional teeth whitening as well as porcelain veneers so her patients can have a grin that they’re proud to show off. For questions or to schedule an appointment, visit Ryan Dental Group’s website or call 972-727-5001.