Teeth whitening is a great way to brighten your smile and boost your self-confidence! Especially for a special occasion such as a wedding or graduation, a white smile adds that extra boost. Teeth whitening is an increasingly popular and commonly used cosmetic treatment. As a result, there are now many methods of whitening. While it’s great to have more options, there’s also a negative side. Among all the whitening methods, there are some that do more harm than good. Here are some teeth whitening trends that should be avoided.
One of the most widely used teeth whitening methods is the use of a hydrogen peroxide gel, in a tray that is worn over the teeth overnight. While these are available at drug stores, they are not as effective or as safe as custom trays made by your dentist. A custom tray will keep the whitening gel close to your teeth, resulting in better results and no leakage, which can cause throat and mouth irritation.
Whitening toothpaste has limited effectiveness and can cost more that regular tooth paste. Consult with our office before making this purchase.
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The results of your teeth whitening shouldn’t be overly dramatic. You want your teeth to appear whiter and brighter, but still look natural. When it comes to teeth whitening, that old adage that less is more usually applies!
There are many methods of DIY teeth whitening available. Brushing with charcoal is one idea that is being circulated. But this method is unproven and likely to be harmful.
Overall, these potentially damaging trends show the importance of consulting your dentist if you’re considering teeth whitening. You don’t want to harm your teeth while trying to whiten them! Your dentist can help you determine the best method for your needs, and create a plan that is best for you.