Teeth whitening products are safe to use as long as you know how to correctly use them. You must also receive a checkup with a dentist before starting a teeth whitening regimen to protect your teeth and gums. Your dentist will discuss your teeth whitening options to help you find the best method based on your budget and how much brighter you want your teeth.
In-Office Teeth Whitening Is More Effective Than Other Teeth Whitening Options
The most effective way of whitening your teeth is in-office teeth whitening. A dentist will use a substance to treat your teeth during your visit. In-office whitening can brighten your teeth by three to eight shades. We can complete the procedure in one visit that lasts two hours or in multiple visits of 30–60 minutes. Based on your needs, we can use a solution containing up to 43% peroxide.
Another benefit of in-office teeth whitening is it provides longer-lasting results than products you find at the store. Professional teeth whitening at a dental office also delivers faster results.
Have Any Dental Problems Fixed Before Whitening Your Teeth
When you seek teeth whitening services from a dentist, they will examine your teeth to determine what options are safe for you. Bring up with your dentist if you’re taking any prescription drugs.
You shouldn’t attempt to whiten your teeth without consulting with your dentist because you could damage your teeth or gums. Even if you plan on using teeth whitening products from the store, you should ask a dentist what is safe for your teeth and what they would recommend.
You need to fix certain oral health problems before whitening your teeth to prevent damage. These oral health problems include cavities, worn enamel, periodontal disease, and exposed roots. Our dentists at Lovett Dental can fix these problems and more using modern, painless procedures. We offer sedation if you have a fear of the dentist to ensure you receive the treatment you need to restore good dental health.
If you have veneers or caps, they won’t whiten during treatment, which might result in uneven color. You don’t need to worry about them staining over time since they stay a consistent color.
Other Options in Whitening Your Teeth
If you don’t want to pay for in-office teeth whitening, you have other options. Our cosmetic dentists at Lovett can give you high-quality teeth whitening kits of 3–20% peroxide to use at home. You can also use teeth whitening strips, gels or toothpaste.
Teeth whitening kits from a dentist include a custom-made tray to fit perfectly over your teeth. We don’t recommend the teeth whitening kits from the store because the trays aren’t custom fitted for your teeth. A custom-made tray ensures even coverage for your teeth. Even if your teeth are straight, they have a unique shape and size.
When you use teeth whitening strips and gels, you’ll notice whiter teeth a few days after beginning the treatment. After reaching the maximum level of brightening possible with these products, your teeth will stay that white for at least three to four months. Follow dentist recommendations on protecting your teeth from stains to keep your teeth pearly white as long as possible. This includes limiting how frequently you eat teeth-staining foods and rinsing your mouth with water after eating those types of foods. Brush, floss and use mouthwash on a daily basis.
Teeth whitening toothpaste only increases the brightness of your teeth by one shade. As long as you’re happy with those results and your dentist confirms it’s safe for you to use, you can choose this cheap method of whitening your teeth.
Whitening your teeth is a safe cosmetic dental procedure as long as you check with a dentist which products are safe for you. Using teeth whitening products can harm your teeth and gums if you have cavities, periodontal disease or another oral health problem. It’s necessary to treat those health issues first before whitening your teeth.
Contact Lovett Dental Northside Today
It is important for your teeth to look and feel good on a regular basis. There are ways to protect your teeth and improve their color. In addition to teeth whitening, we offer a number of other dental services like:
- Emergency dental services
- Dental implants
- Specialty dental services
- Dental bonding
- Fluoride Treatments
Contact us at Lovett Dental Northside at 832.734.9452 to schedule an appointment for whitening your teeth.