Your smile is one of the first things people notice about you. With new over the counter products and cosmetic dental procedures, bright white smiles are attainable on almost every budget. While the risks associated with at home whitening products are minimal, there are a few things to keep in mind before starting the whitening process.
Before starting any at home whitening, schedule a trip to the dentist for an exam and cleaning. It is important to have your teeth and gums assessed before you begin. Your dentist will also be able to recommend the proper product for your needs.
Many at home teeth whitening kits contain carbamide peroxide. When selecting a product, choose one with a peroxide in the 15% range. You want to ensure that the product will not irritate your mouth. It is also important to follow the directions exactly as stated, never leaving the gels or strips on for longer than specified. Leaving the product on for too long can result in sore gums and other potential problems. After whitening your teeth, avoid acidic and sugary drinks for several hours.
Whitening your teeth can cause them to be sensitive, but it usually only lasts for a short period of time. If the sensitivity and discomfort persist then stop treatment immediately. Do not bleach your teeth more often than necessary as repeated exposure can be harmful to your teeth. Follow the product instructions for best result and when you have reached your desired result, limit the whitening to a few times a year.