Teeth whitening is a great way to boost your tooth colour and compliment a smile makeover. Professional treatments often work more effectively than store-bought kits. But even then, there are few things you should keep in mind:
Choose a Method with Your Dentist
Not all whitening products are created the same. Some are weaker, while others are more concentrated. Other formulas are designed for sensitivity or to combat more tenacious stain. At Sapphire Dentistry, we know which products work best on different smiles, so we can discuss the advantages of each one with you.
Book a Scale and Clean First
You never want to whiten your teeth until you know they’re healthy and clean. Applying whitening products to decaying or stained tooth enamel won’t provide you with the results that you’re looking for. In fact, it could leave you with discomfort or poor effects.
Have your teeth cleaned first, so that there isn’t any lingering surface stain or build-up that could block the whitener from coming into contact with your enamel. This appointment will also provide your dentist with the opportunity to screen for disease, so that it can be treated before you bleach your teeth.
Use Products as Directed
Don’t try to overdo it. The prescription grade gel works well when used as directed. Applying too much product in your take-home trays could cause it to spill over onto your gums, causing irritation.
Touch Up Regularly
Once your teeth have been professionally whitened, they’re generally easier to maintain. We recommend touch ups after your six-month preventative appointment, so that your teeth are clean and polished before applying the whitening gel. If you drink coffee or red wine regularly, you may need to touch up a bit more frequently.
Ready to find out if teeth whitening can help you enjoy a brighter smile? Contact Sapphire Dentistry to book a consultation, today.