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Teeth whitening or bleaching is one of the most affordable and least invasive ways of improving your smile. Although the effect fades with time, whitening can make dull and dingy teeth more attractive in short order.
Teeth whitening is also unique among cosmetic dental procedures in that you can do it yourself at home. While professional bleaching solutions are stronger and capable of greater brightness and longevity, you can still achieve good results with a DIY kit.
If you decide to whiten at home, though, there are a few things to keep mind for a desirable and safe outcome. Here are 3 tips for successful DIY teeth whitening.
Follow the directions. It's not a good idea, both for a successful and safe outcome, to stray away from a kit manufacturer's recommended directions. FDA-approved home kits usually contain 10% or less of carbamide peroxide (one of the more common bleaching agents). That may not seem very strong but it's adequate within the recommended time it remains on your teeth to achieve an effective whitening effect. Exceeding those directions could permanently damage your tooth enamel.
Make sure a home kit will work on your staining. Home whitening kits only affect outer staining on tooth enamel. But dental discoloration can also arise from inside a tooth, often because of trauma, tetracycline use, or as a side effect of a root canal treatment. This kind of internal staining requires a special procedure usually performed by an endodontist to reduce it. So, see your dentist first to make sure your teeth are healthy enough for whitening and that a home kit will work for you.
Get your dentist's advice on home kits. There are a number of whitening applications on the market you can choose, so ask your dentist for recommendations. They can also give you some helpful tips on the whitening process to ensure you'll be safe and successful in your efforts.
Here's a couple of other things to remember to enhance your teeth whitening experience: whether you whiten your teeth at home or with the dentist, be sure you continue to care for your teeth with daily brushing and flossing. And, if you limit your consumption of foods and beverages known to stain teeth, you'll help extend the duration of your brighter smile.
If you would like more information on teeth whitening procedures, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Tooth Whitening Safety Tips.”
Do you wish you could transform your stained or yellowed teeth into a pearly white, Hollywood smile? If so, you could benefit from a professional, in-office teeth whitening session. This procedure could breathe life back into your smile and leave you looking great and feeling even better. Learn more about teeth whitening with help from your Moreno Valley dentists, Megha Joshi, DDS and Achyut Joshi, DDS.
How does teeth whitening work?
In-office professional whitening sessions from your Moreno Valley dentists use bleaching agents to lift the color of your teeth. Chemical reactions between the whitening agents and the stains on your teeth break the bonds which hold the stains together. This breaks up the stain itself, giving your teeth a whiter appearance. At-home whitening kits, while still somewhat effective, cannot be monitored as an in-office session can, meaning their whitening agents are weaker. Most at-home kits take weeks before you begin to see positive results. In-office whitening can lift the color of your teeth up to ten shades in just a single, hour-long session.
An obvious benefit of professional teeth whitening is the dramatic effect you will get in such a short amount of time. These results boost self-confidence, making face-to-face encounters easier and giving you the freedom to put your best face forward during a first impression. Teeth whitening does not work on dental restorations, making someone who has natural teeth free of restorations like dental crowns or bridges the best candidate for a whitening session.
How can I keep my teeth white between sessions?
The best way to prevent stains and discolorations is to avoid the things which cause them. The acids in darkly-colored and highly-pigmented foods and drinks such as coffee, tea, and berries are notorious for causing tooth discoloration. Tobacco use is one of the main causes of tooth yellowing. Since avoiding these things is not feasible for some people, be sure to brush after consuming stain-causing foods or drinks. If you cannot brush, swish with water to wash away any particles which may remain on the teeth.
For more information on professional teeth whitening in the Moreno Valley area, please contact Megha Joshi, DDS and Achyut Joshi, DDS. Call (951)247-2738 to schedule your appointment for teeth whitening today!
You’re satisfied with your smile appearance except for one thing — your teeth aren’t as white and bright as you wish they could be. So, you’ve decided to do something about their dull yellow color.
You’re also thinking about buying a whitening product you can use yourself rather than a professional application. But you still want the answers to two questions: are home whitening kits safe? And, are they effective?
By and large the answer to the first question is yes — if you use it as directed. The whitening agents in FDA-approved products are in safe proportions to other ingredients and won’t cause any major health issues. That said, if you go beyond the instructed dosage you could damage your teeth, especially your enamel, and cause long-term problems with your dental care.
In addition, if you (or a family member) are still in your early teens, you may want to wait until you’re older. Although most permanent teeth have come in by puberty, their enamel still needs to mature. The chemicals in a whitening kit could be too strong for their under-developed enamel. It’s best to get our advice on whether your teeth are mature enough for whitening.
As to their effectiveness, home whitening kits should perform as their labeling indicates. But there are some differences in effects between a home kit and a professional application.
Although a home kit usually uses the same whitening agents (like carbamide peroxide), its strength is much lower than a professional treatment — about 10% of volume compared to around 30% in clinical solutions. This means it will take much longer to achieve the desired whitening effect that a professional application can in fewer sessions, and with less precision. In addition, home kits are only effective on surface staining of the enamel — discoloration within a tooth requires treatment by a dentist.
You can get satisfactory results from a home whitening kit. But before you make a purchase, consult with us first — we can advise you on what to look for in your purchase, as well as determine if your teeth can benefit from whitening at home.
If you would like more information on teeth whitening, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Tooth Whitening Safety Tips.”