Is Teeth Whitening Safe for My Teeth?

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Teeth whitening is one of the most popular treatments offered today. One of the questions many people have is how safe this type of treatment happens to be. When the whitening is done under the care of a dental professional, the process is quite safe. Here are some things you should know about whitening, why you need help from a dentist, and what sort of results you can expect.

Beginning With a Full Dental Examination

Not everyone is a candidate for teeth whitening in Markham. There are conditions that must be addressed before a dental professional will proceed with whitening treatments. For example, the presence of gum disease will mean the treatments have to wait while the gum issue is resolved.

The condition of your tooth enamel will also matter. If the enamel is weakened or worn in some areas, the dentist is likely to recommend other approaches for enhancing your smile. That’s because some treatments use hydrogen peroxide and are designed to seep into the top layer of enamel. While it does not damage healthy enamel or the underlying tooth, attempting those treatments when the enamel is already weak could lead to serious problems.

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Settling on the Type of Treatment

There is more than one approach for whitening the teeth. Some call for the use of kits that are provided by the dental professional. These are more concentrated and come with slightly different instructions than the kits you buy over the counter. With this approach, you would apply the products for a few days, then return to the dentist for another exam. This is to ensure the treatments are working properly.

There are also treatments administered in the office of a Markham orthodontist. The application of a special gel is conducted by a member of the dental team. While the gel is lifting the stains, you get to sit back and relax. Some people read while others close their eyes and enjoy some music until it’s time to check your teeth. This approach typically provides results that you can see in one visit.

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Avoiding Teeth That are Too White

One potential issue with using an over the counter product rather than placing yourself in the care of a dental professional is that there is the chance of overdoing things. It’s true that the kits you can buy anywhere are not as strong as the methods used by the dentist. Unfortunately, it would be easy to use the product for too long and end up with teeth that are unnaturally bright. While the condition is not permanent, you will find it awkward for as time.

By contrast, the dental team will monitor your progress carefully. Once your teeth are at the proper shade of white, the treatments will stop. Having another round of treatments a few months later will likely be needed to maintain the appearance.

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With so many options for cosmetic dentistry today, no one has to live with yellowed teeth. Schedule an appointment today and confirm that you are a candidate for whitening treatments. Assuming all is well, they can often begin immediately.

Andrea Galick

Andrea Galick is an accomplished Dental Hygienist (RDH) with a passion for helping patients achieve optimal oral health. Andrea has built a reputation as a caring and skilled practitioner who puts her patients at ease and provides individualized care that meets their unique needs.

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