One of the most sought after cosmetic enhancements among people in the United States is teeth whitening. A beautifully white smile is a sign of youthfulness and health, being one of the greatest accessories that you can wear. People have tried many different types of fads and options for whitening their teeth over the years, with some proving more effective than others. A popular choice for teeth whitening is using at-home whitening products. While these products can certainly help people attain a whiter smile, many people actually end up spending more money and more time using at-home products than they would have spent if they chose to have a professional whitening treatment done at the dentist.
Another common mistake that people make regarding at-home teeth whitening is that they do not speak to their dentist before they begin using whitening products. This is an essential step because your dentist knows your teeth better than you do. Your dentist knows whether your teeth and gums are healthy enough for teeth whitening. Skipping this simple step of asking for your dentist’s advice can cause critical mistakes to your smile. People whose teeth are not healthy enough for whitening can end up causing so much damage to their teeth that they require extensive, and expensive, repair work.
Understanding that the directions that come with your at-home whitening products are not merely suggestions, but they are meant to be followed will protect your teeth. Leaving a whitening product on your teeth past the recommended time will not whiten your teeth more or faster; it will only damage your teeth. Leaving a whitening product on your teeth longer than directed can cause white spots to occur on your teeth and gums, uneven whitening, a grayish appearance to your teeth (this is due to weakened tooth enamel), and extreme tooth sensitivity.
There is no “one size fits all” approach to anything. Before you purchase whitening trays over the counter, know that unless a tray is custom fitted to your mouth, you will not be able to achieve your desired results. Either the trays will be too small and the whitening gel will ooze out or the trays will be too large and will not provide even coverage for the gel to coat your teeth.
Bear Valley Dental is proud to offer teeth whitening. Call today to learn more.