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Be realistic about the teeth whitening

June 29, 2013 by  
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As a general rule, it is best to see your dentist before starting any teeth-whitening treatment; for several reasons. Our dentist knows our mouth. Are our teeth fragile? Damaged? Is a cavity hiding where we least expect it?  The whitening gel is a product strong enough to cause damage if not used properly. Even if you choose an OTC teeth-whitening kit it’s best to consult your dentist first.

Whether you chose a profession whitening treatment or one sold OTC, it is essential to start with a thorough cleaning and descaling of the teeth as provided by the professional dentist.  Indeed, the whitening product will be more effective on very clean teeth. Even if you’re a perfect teeth brusher, stains tend to accumulate at the base of the tooth below the gum line and in between the teeth. A good cleaning overcomes this problem and prepares the tooth to receive treatment.

Teeth-whitening treatments can cause tooth hypersensitivity, oversensitivity to hot and / or cold. In general, this sensitivity disappears over a few weeks following the treatment. We can also ease the problem by using toothpaste designed for sensitive teeth, like Sensodyne.

It can happen that a whitening treatment with hydrogen peroxide does not bring the expected results. For various reasons some areas of a tooth don’t whiten at the same rate as the rest and the look stained after the treatment.  The basic coloration of the tooth is almost unchangeable, because the dentin composing it is naturally more yellowish color. There are 16 shades of tooth, divided into two basic types: yellow and green.  Stains on teeth of the greenish category are more difficult to remove, while those who have a yellow tint tend to more easily whitened.

For teeth of certain natural shades, even years of treatment won’t suffice to get an immaculate white. In such cases the application of porcelain veneers can be a solution for a whiter smile.

Teeth tend to become more transparent as we get older. This is even more evident with the front teeth because they’re thinner than the others to start with. The whitening of older teeth requires a different procedure than for younger teeth. Peoples who have crowns, porcelain veneers, add-on facets or cracks in their teeth should consult before starting any whitening treatment, because the results may be uneven and unaesthetic.

For some teeth-whitening treatment at a dental clinic can be constraining and expensive. It is however faster and brings more durable results.  But whether you choose a professional treatment or a whitening kit at home, you will have to plan for touch ups a few times a year.  Some foods such as red wine, tea and coffee, will contribute to stain teeth but regular use of whitening toothpaste can extend the effects of a bleaching treatment.  Beautiful white teeth are worth taking care of!


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