Your teeth are some of your most prominent features when it comes to how you present yourself to the world so of course, it makes sense that a lot of people try to ensure they look as good as possible. There are many ways to do this, but even with a committed oral hygiene routine, it is possible for staining and yellowing to occur. The solution to this is often teeth whitening, but the method can often leave a lot to be desired. Here are a few steps you should follow to ensure your teeth get whitened properly and with a lasting effect.
Consult Your Dentist
Any time you want to make a big decision regarding a body part you should always see the medical professional who deals with that specific area. Your teeth might not seem like a big cause for concern—after all, they are very strong—but if they are staining despite regular brushing and cleaning, there could be an underlying issue that your dentist should investigate before you undergo any treatment. However, most of the time they will give you the green light to go ahead with your teeth whitening, and then they can begin talking through your options.
Use The Professionals
While trying to whiten your teeth at home would almost certainly be cheaper, you do risk a lot more than what you would with a dentist. For one thing, virtually every at-home teeth whitening product uses hydrogen peroxide which, if you get the dosage or timing wrong, can be incredibly bad for your teeth and mouth. Dentists know how to use safe amounts in a controlled environment while also substituting them with other techniques (such as special lights) that give you a much safer and longer-lasting result that looks great in any setting.
It can be hard to know exactly how white your teeth should be. Doing it at home you will have a tendency to over-whiten your teeth just because you do not have an objective view of the matter. A dentist, who sees hundreds of patients a year who get their teeth whitened, will know exactly what shade of white looks normal and ensure you do not leave with a platinum smile. Over-whitening your teeth is almost as bad as leaving them stained to begin with and can be harder to reverse, so do not take this treatment lightly.
To learn more about teeth whitening treatments, contact a local dentist such as Dr David K Skeels.