Teeth whitening is gaining popularity and is more easily accessible with various products promising visible results with continued use. Of course, we wish that regularly brushing our teeth would be enough to maintain a bright set of pearly whites in between dentists’ appointments but that is not the case. Factors like genetics, our diet, aging, smoking and too much fluoride can necessitate that we have regular appointments with our dentists to have the staining removed for a more confident smile.
Even as you consider the decision to whiten your teeth it is important to make an informed decision with some of the facts about teeth whitening. Here are some of those little details that can make a big difference in shading light into the process of teeth whitening;
Fix what is already broken
Whitening your teeth when you have other problems like crooked teeth or gum diseases will only result in further pain among other problems and increase the amount of money you have to pay as the whitening process won’t have an effect on the damaged teeth.
Prep with teeth cleaning
Dentists recommend you have your teeth cleaned 2 weeks prior to your whitening session because if there is any build around the teeth the bleach won’t be able to penetrate those areas which may cause less satisfactory results.
It’s not permanent
You may be thinking that it is a one-off process but that’s quite the contrary. Teeth always yellowing due to the aging process, foods we consume and habits such as smoking. The results will only last depending on how easily your teeth stain from your lifestyle choices at some point a retouch in necessary.
It only works on real teeth
This, unfortunately, means that if you have fillings or crowns they will remain unchanged after your treatment. A great alternative is to have the visible fillings on your front teeth changed so they aren’t visible when you smile.
It will never be the same
Once you start whitening your teeth, there is always a chance that your teeth with stain worse than they did before you did your first treatment. This rebound effect is of course also dictated by how well you protect your teeth from staining following your session.
The 48-hour diet
Avoid intake of dark food and drink for the first 48 hours. This would include tea, coffee red wine etc. It is an effective way to help maintain the results you have gotten.
This is a common side effect of your teeth are exposed to the whitening gel but is also quite normal and will disappear 12-36 hours after the whitening. You can take a painkiller for that though.
Keep the gel away from your gums
If you decide to buy a home whitening kit and do this yourself be careful not to expose it to your gums as that will lead to irritation. It goes without saying that the whitening gel should not be ingested as it may cause nausea or vomiting.