What You Need to Know About Teeth Whitening: There are many options for a brighter smile
No one can resist a sparkling smile, but sometimes you need a little extra help to brighten it up. That’s when you should consider one of the many teeth whitening options we have available at Willow Spring Family Dentistry.
Whether it’s from food or drink, age, medications, smoking, or other causes, over time, your teeth can become dull and even stained. But, before you get your teeth whitened, there are a few things you should know.
Teeth Whitening Products Contain Bleach
Teeth whitening is actually a simple process, but it’s important know what the products are made of before you dive in head first. Whitening products contain bleach, either hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide. They break up the stains and make the color appear less concentrated. While these products are completely safe, you may prefer a non-bleaching whitening product like a whitening toothpaste, which only contains pure calcium carbonate powder, non-GMO xylitol powder, and MCT oil. Other natural, but not necessarily ADA-approved, options include charcoal and turmeric.
At Home Teeth Whitening Doesn’t Work on All Teeth
It’s vital that you visit the dentist before deciding to whiten your teeth at home, because whiteners may not help all types of discoloration. Bleach may help yellowing teeth more so than browning teeth. Whitening also doesn’t work on caps, veneers, crowns, or fillings.
Finding the Right Option For YOUR teeth
We can’t stress enough that it’s important to talk to your dentist before any teeth whitening treatment, especially before using any at-home systems. While there are a variety of options, it’s important to know which is best for you.
Whitening toothpastes are perhaps the most popular, go-to home option. While all toothpastes contain mild abrasives that help remove surface stain, some contain special chemicals and polishing agents to provide additional stain removal. Just look for the American Dental Association seal. But know that toothpastes only remove surface stains and don’t change the color of the teeth.
The most powerful and successful option is to get your teeth professionally whitened. Dentists offer in-office bleaching, a procedure that usually only requires one visit. The dentist will apply a protective gel or a rubber shield to your gums before applying bleach to your teeth.
Of course, there are also a host of over-the-counter whitening kits. It’s always best to check with your dentist before using them and look for the ADA seal.
There Can Be Side Effects
Tooth sensitivity is the main side effect with whiteners, but most people only experience this temporarily. Overusing whiteners can also damage tooth enamel or gums, so it’s important to have a professional help you map your best course of action.
If you’re looking for a whiter smile, give us a call. We can help you decide the best option for you.