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What You Shouldn’t Do When Trying To Whiten Teeth

Many people would love to have a whiter smile. However, they don’t know how to go about it. Do they make a visit to their dentist? Do they buy the brand name white strips they saw on television? What about the whitening kits found online? Are those safe? This article will tell you about 5 common teeth whitening mistakes and what you can do to avoid them.

Believing That Home Whitening Kits Are More Effective Than Other Methods

Not all home whitening kits are created equal. Name brand whitening strips that you can obtain at the supermarket vary widely in terms of its results. For many of these brands, the effectiveness of the strip’s whitening gel is more limited than that found in a professional kit. There’s also the fact that many of these over-the-counter whitening products have not been evaluated for prolonged use.

There are also the proprietary kits found online, but you may have to use kit after kit before you can see great results. For the cost of ten of those kits, you can make one visit to your dentist, where you know that the products are safe.

Thinking That Whitening Toothpastes Work Just as Well as Other Methods

Many name brand whitening toothpastes only clean surface stains. They do not clean stains in the enamel of your teeth, which are more deeply set. If you have deeply discolored teeth, whitening toothpastes will do little to remedy this problem. In this case, you will need to seek out the services of a dentist.

Believing That You Can Go to Your Gym or Beauty Salon For Teeth Whitening

There are gyms and salons that try to lure you to their teeth whitening services with the promises of lower prices. While this is true, you should never have someone other than a dentist working on your teeth. Having inexperienced people whitening your teeth could increase the likelihood of side effects.

Not Thinking About the Appearance of Restorations Before Your Whitening

Crowns, fillings and porcelain veneers do not get lighter when your teeth are whitened. These aren’t your natural teeth, so they will be darker than the rest of your mouth after a whitening session. The chances are good that you will have to get your crowns, porcelain veneers and fillings changed in order for these teeth to match the rest of your smile. You can discuss other options with your dentist.

Letting Your Young Children Use Whitening Mouthwashes

Children under the age of 12 should never use whitening mouthwashes. If your child is between the ages of 6 and 12, they should only use mouthwash under the supervision of an adult. This is because younger children are more likely to swallow it. Since many whitening mouthwashes contain hydrogen peroxide, this can be especially dangerous for children if large mouthfuls are consumed.

If you are interested in learning more information about teeth whitening services in your area, contact your local dentist. The dentist and their staff would be more than happy to answer all of your questions and discuss any concerns you may have about the procedure.