• Teeth Whitening: Is it for You?

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    April 5th, 2013hlwkatyaarticles

    A growing number of people – most especially adults – are constantly on the move when it comes to finding different alternatives to brighten up their pearly whites. It is a fact that the discoloration of our teeth is affected by certain factors: the food that we eat; the beverages that we drink such as coffee, tea, and the like; our oral hygiene, and; of course, our vices such as smoking or chewing tobacco.

    Setting up an appointment with a trusted dentist and undergoing an oral prophylaxis is the first step one should undertake before considering dentist whitening. Stains on the surface of your teeth will be removed during the procedure. Afterwards, the dentist will determine whether you are a candidate for whitening or not.

    It is a fact that not everyone can use teeth whitening solutions such as:

    · Those whose teeth have undergone root canals and have internal discoloration due to developmental circumstances. Such areas may not be whitened during the process. It is advisable to consider permanent restorations or internal tooth whitening instead.

    · Those who have veneers, white fillings, or any other type of tooth restoration since these cannot be whitened using either carbamide peroxide or hydrogen peroxide. Such substances are unable to whiten past the shade the restorations were made. Should the surrounding surfaces of the teeth be whitened, the color on the restorations will stand out and appear artificial

    · Those who have hypersensitive teeth since the procedure has the possibility of magnifying the level of sensitivity they are already experiencing, thus making the procedure an unpleasant incident for them.

    · Those who have natural tooth colors such as brown or grey. Tooth whitening procedures present the best results on teeth that have a yellow hue.

    · Pregnant women or nursing mothers since there hasn’t been sufficient evidence and research on the safety of expectant and lactating females during the tooth whitening process.

    Visit your nearest oral care specialist for a detailed explanation of the entire process on dentist whitening.

16 comments
correysmith321
correysmith321

Our family has a local family dentistry that does the teeth whitening for us. Well, they usually do the fillings and work on our root canals. It's something that they have been doing for us for quite some time now. http://www.oakvilledentist.com/ 

Gary Puntman
Gary Puntman

I think teeth whitening would be a good option for me.  I really want to get my teeth whiter, so this sounds like the easiest route.  I'll have to look into it and see what options my dentist offers. http://sevenoaksdental.ca/services/ 

sfreddson2156
sfreddson2156

I never realized that a root canal could prevent you from whitening your teeth. Are there root canal-friendly teeth whitening solutions at all? Or is it just off the table entirely? Thanks for sharing your tips with us. http://www.oakvilledentist.com/

HollieTruesdale
HollieTruesdale

That's good to know that you shouldn't whiten your teeth if you have veneers or have undergone a root canal. I also didn't know that it probably isn't a good idea to whiten your teeth if you're pregnant either. I haven't done extensive research into what I can't do as a pregnant woman, but I'm sure my dentist would have informed me if I asked about it. You do have to be careful if you have sensitive teeth as well, since the whiten process can make your teeth more sensitive over time. http://www.avondentalcare.com/general-dentistry 

garybirtles14
garybirtles14

Something else to watch out for when it comes to teeth whitening is sensitivity after the procedure. This is something that often occurs with DIY methods as well. I've attempted to whiten my teeth by myself before and it resulted in pain because of the sensitivity. http://www.eastmalldental.com/en/ 

avalaurie86
avalaurie86

I had my teeth whitened a couple of months ago. I think that is it a great way to really show more confidence in one's self. Like the article said, coffee was one of the big factors of why my teeth were never completely white.  http://www.stevemocrae.com/

JamesHarvon
JamesHarvon

I never knew that drinks could cause so much discoloration on your teeth. That is somewhere that I can certainly improve. I am going to try and cut back on soda for a while. This could really make a big difference on how white my teeth are. To get them to optimal color I'm going to go see a specialist for men.  http://www.tlc-dental.com.au/our-services

KentClark1
KentClark1

I didn't realize that this procedure wouldn't be good for people that have sensitive teeth. I guess I will just have to stay away from it. I have very sensitive teeth. However, I do wish they were whiter. Are there any alternatives? http://www.geelongdentalcentre.com.au 

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