Thinking about brightening up your smile as part of your New Year’s resolution? Here’s what you should know before you glow.
- Always talk with you dentist to learn the pros and cons of each method. Your dentist will always give the best options for you and your teeth
- Previous restorations won’t whiten. Many people don’t realize that previous restorations or anything artificial, such as crowns and fillings, won’t whiten along with natural teeth.
- Teeth whiteners do not correct all discoloration. Teeth stained yellow or brown respond to whitening better than teeth that are gray. Additionally, tooth whiteners do not work well on teeth that have been stained by antibiotics.
- There’s a difference between over the counter whiteners and professional dentist treatment. An in-office treatment provided by your dentist is customized for your specific needs and the condition of your teeth. A dentist can fabricate custom trays that fit your mouth perfectly, and can often provide stronger bleaching agents than those found in over-the-counter tooth whiteners.
- “Whitening” toothpastes do not contain bleach like other whitening products. They simply use chemicals or polishing agents to remove surface stains, making teeth appear brighter. Some dentist say fluoride is the only ingredient you really need in toothpaste. It protects teeth and can help repair the early stages of decay. However, if you want toothpaste that whitens, ask your dentist for a suggestion.
If you have additional questions, please contact us at Brentwood Dental Group.