Everyone wants a beautiful smile, and one of the fastest ways to improve your smile is through teeth whitening. Done properly, it can beautify your small. If you overindulge (as with many things in life), it can be too much of a good thing. Here are some things to be aware of before you whiten:
There can be side effects. The most common side effect is sensitivity in the 23 hours following the procedure. Because the whitening agent affects the enamel of your teeth, you may be more sensitive to cold and heat, as examples. This is a short-lived side effect, however. Another common side effect is soft tissue irritation. This is more likely with at-home whitening kits, as this occurs when the whitening solution gets on the gums.
It does not last forever. Contrary to some pinions that we have heard, teeth whitening is not permanent. And it is not a one-time procedure. You still need to maintain good oral hygiene if you want the whitening to last. If you get your teeth whitened and then continue to smoke or drink wine or coffee, your teeth will return to their former color over time.
There is such a thing as too much of a good thing. Having your teeth whitened too many times can actually damage your teeth. Over-whitening weakens tooth enamel.
To schedule your next professional cleaning, call your Las Vegas dentist, Dr. Jeffery Hadley, today! The best dental care is preventative dental care, so do not skip your cleaning!