Teeth whitening is a universally accessible form of cosmetic dentistry (and one of the only cosmetic dental treatments you can undergo on your own, at home). Because so many people are taking on teeth whitening, it’s important for our Denver dentist to lay out a few reminders. This blog post will serve as a guide to practical teeth whitening, to make sure the results are exactly what you planned and that they last. With our teeth whitening tips, you’ll be whitening successfully and with longevity.
Commonly Overlooked Teeth Whitening Tips from our Denver Dentist
You should only whiten your teeth so much. Everyone has a personal shade of white at which their teeth look the best while still looking natural. Many dental professionals define this shade as the same color white as your eyes. If your teeth are any whiter than that, they will stand out too much and cause your smile to look a tad overwhelming. Don’t overwhiten – you’ll be doing aesthetic (and potentially tooth-threatening) damage!
Some teeth may be too sensitive to whiten. Don’t force yourself to suffer! Your teeth may be too sensitive for hydrogen peroxide whitening gel. Don’t worry, this doesn’t mean you have to miss out on whitening – talk to our Denver dentist about fluoride treatments and fluoridated dental products that could build up your enamel defenses and desensitize.
Dental restorations can’t be whitened. If you have veneers, bonding, crowns, or fillings on your front teeth, those will not whiten with the application of whitening gel. They can only be whitened by being replaced with brighter restorations.
Avoid dark drinks and sauces. Pre- and post-whitening, dark beverages will stain your teeth. If you must drink coffee, wine, tea, cola, or other dark liquids, try to use a straw to keep the liquid off your teeth.
Learn about whitening upkeep. Talk to your Denver dentist about steps you can take to prolong your whiter teeth. You may like to use a whitening touch-up kit.
You’re ready to whiten! If you’d like the speed and intensity of in-office whitening, contact our office for an appointment.