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6 Things You Should Know About Teeth Whitening

Time doesn’t spare anyone. The current environmental situation is not pleasing, bad habits remain, some meds have side effects, and many foods are oversaturated with dyes or sugar. Sooner or later, all these issues can deprive your teeth of their former whiteness. The problem of yellowing tooth enamel can affect everyone, even if you constantly take care of your teeth. 

Teeth whitening is attractive not only for coffee drinkers and smokers. The demand for this procedure is growing every year. During the procedure, the dentist removes plaque and the teeth acquire their natural color. Here is the list of six things you should know about teeth whitening.

1. A checkup is required

If you have decided to perform the teeth whitening procedure, it’s very important to undergo a dental examination to make sure your oral cavity is healthy. You need to solve dental problems like tooth decay and gum disease before performing teeth whitening. Peroxide-based teeth whitening method whitens the enamel layer and shouldn’t contact with the structure inside the tooth near the nerve. If the enamel is damaged due to tooth decay or fracture, the whitening gel can penetrate the nerve tissue and cause permanent damage.

2. Some stains can be difficult to get rid of

Fluorosis is the cosmetic condition when white spots or small lines are located on the teeth surface. They develop in case your teeth were exposed to fluoride during the first eight years of your life. It can be difficult to treat these stains and you may need to undergo several whitening procedures to eliminate them.

3. Fast doesn’t always mean good

Many of us want to get results as soon as possible, but teeth whitening for several shades at once (even in the dentist's office) is not always good for your oral health. LED-based whitening treatments can significantly bleach teeth during a short period of time. But this method can lead to increased teeth sensitivity. You will also need to maintain the results at home and avoid performing this procedure too often because of its strength.

4. Watch what you eat and drink

There are a lot of foods and drinks like wine, tea, coffee, and even juices that can cause changes in the teeth color. If you exclude them from your diet or limit them, your teeth will remain white after the whitening procedure. But there are some foods such as strawberries, cauliflower, seeds, and nuts, that can help whiten your teeth and prolongate the whitening effect.

5. The result doesn’t last forever

If you performed the teeth whitening procedure at the dentist’s office, you shouldn’t forget to use special whitening kits in order to maintain your snow-white smile. Despite the fact that white teeth need constant support, try not to overdo with whitening products. Too strong and frequent tooth whitening procedures can increase tooth sensitivity and even lead to tooth decay.

6. Teeth whitening can have no effect on dental restorations  

If you have some fillings, crowns, or veneers, they won’t become brighter after whitening procedures. You may get an inappropriate color in case if you do not replace old restorations. If you decide to change old dental work, wait for at least a week after bleaching to choose a shade of a new crown or veneer to get the best result. 

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