What You Need To Know Before You Whiten Your Teeth At Home
If you're self-conscious about your teeth, don't worry, you're not the only one.
Whether you're a kid growing up that needs braces, wearing braces, you never got braces, you think your teeth are stained, you're missing teeth, or whatever the reason, many people feel a little uneasy about their smiles.
Most people want picture-perfect white teeth like they see on TV, Movies, and now social media.
But a lot of those people don't know where to begin, and those that do don't really want to visit the dentist.
Luckily, at-home whitening solutions have become mainstream.
Now the people that were afraid to visit the dentist to get their teeth whitened finally have an at-home option.
Most people buy the kits and get started right away, but there are many things you should know before you start whitening your teeth at home on your own.
Knowing these things will save you a lot of time and potentially keep you out of a lot of pain.
In the article below, we will go over five things you should know before you whiten your teeth at home.
- Pay Attention To Your Fillings
- Make Sure Your Gums Are Healthy
- Take Your Time
- Do You Have Sensitive Teeth?
- It's Probably Not Going To Be Perfect
- Your Dentist Is Still Your Best Option For Teeth Whitening
If you have fillings, you should be mindful of them before you start whitening your teeth.
If you don't have any fillings, feel free to skip this section and go onto the next.
If you do, though, this section is for you.
People end up with fillings for a variety of reasons.
They may be predisposed to it, they could have crowded teeth, or they could be practicing poor oral hygiene.
Whatever the reason, your fillings will affect your teeth whitening.
Teeth whitening doesn't affect fillings or any type of material within your teeth.
If you don't have any fillings that are visible from the front, it won't be as much of an issue for you.
But, if you do have a front-facing filling, it will likely be obvious that the tooth with the filling wasn't affected by the bleaching agent.
With a close enough look, it will be easy to see that that tooth or teeth with fillings aren't as white as your natural teeth.
When most people start experimenting with at-home teeth whitening, they don't think twice about their gum health.
If there is anything wrong with your gums, teeth whitening is not going to help the situation.
Your gums can become increasingly red and irritated if your gums aren't in good health.
Pay close attention to your gums before trying any kind of bleaching treatment to be sure they can handle the treatments.
Most people have the unrealistic idea that their teeth will be dramatically different after just one treatment.
Don't fall into that trap.
Just like you won't have six-pack abs after one trip to the gym, you aren't going to have bright white teeth after one whitening treatment.
The at-home whitening agents aren't as strong as the ones you'd find in a dental office, so you'll need several treatments before you see results.
Each at-home whitening treatment will have instructions on how often you should use it, so pay close attention to those and follow them carefully.
If you have sensitive teeth, there's a chance whitening is going to make it worse.
Luckily, some at-home whitening systems will have a sensitivity treatment to use if you're prone to sensitivity, and they usually work great.
Even with the sensitivity treatment, you're still likely to be a little sensitive when you eat or drink anything too hot or cold for a few days after the treatments.
Your teeth will eventually get back to normal, although it can be unpleasant until they do.
If you have sensitive teeth, be extra cautious before you start an at-home whitening treatment because it can make your teeth even more sensitive.
Make sure you have realistic expectations because your experience probably won't be perfect.
Even the best at-home whitening solutions won't consistently bleach your teeth and could leave a few stains.
Those tiny stains will likely stand out even more after your teeth have been bleached, and could have you second guessing your decision to whiten your teeth at home in the first place.
There are many great options available for at-home teeth whitening, but don't expect to achieve the same results you would if you were to go to the dentist to have them whitened.
When you get your teeth whitened by a dentist, they are able to create a treatment tailored to your teeth.
They take your discoloration and staining into account to help you avoid any issues you might experience doing it yourself.
Even though the at-home solution might be more affordable, many people still feel like they aren't getting their money's worth.
Even if you plan on doing an at-home treatment, you should speak to your dentist first.
Many dentists even offer at-home solutions that they help with, making your chances of success much higher.
If you'd like to talk to a dentist about the best ways to whiten your teeth, contact Hylan Dental Care by clicking the button below.