With TV and magazines regularly forcing us to look at bright, beautiful and white smiles, we have become a society obsessed with white teeth. As a result, teeth whitening has become the most popular cosmetic procedure and teeth whitening products have taken over the HBA isles in grocery stores across America. However, teeth whitening is not for everyone or every mouth.
If you are considering teeth whitening a visit to the dentist’s office is an important first step. Why? Over the counter teeth whitening kits are not made for everyone. They can aggravate existing dental conditions, and in some cases, they can cause dental conditions that did not exist before.
Over the counter whitening trays are made for the general population, which means that they are not custom fitted for your mouth. This allows the chemicals in the whitener to get on your gums and do damage. Whitening chemicals can also get inside an unknown cavity. This can cause damage to the tooth’s root often resulting in the need for root canals.
But another reason that an office visit is important prior to teeth whitening is because not all teeth respond. Perhaps you have one dark tooth surrounded by lighter teeth; after teeth whitening, you may find that you have only made the surrounding teeth lighter, drawing more attention to the dark tooth.
Teeth whitening does not work on teeth with root damage, false teeth or caps. In many cases, dental veneers are the only option to achieving the bright white smile you are looking for.
Darker teeth are often caused from trauma. If the tooth injury is severe, the nerve can die and often these teeth often turn dark in color. These stains do not respond as readily to over the counter teeth whitening.
In office teeth whitening is designed to bleach the entire tooth, inside, out and around making a whiter, brighter tooth. If brighter teeth cannot be achieved through in-office whitening, dental veneers are the right option. Dental veneers are thin porcelain veneers that are adhered to the front of your natural teeth.
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