You want to have teeth that look like the celebrities. Perfect shape, alignment, and teeth that are so white it looks like they are glowing. Don’t worry; we will get you there! However, there are some steps we need to take to ensure your teeth are healthy enough for the whitening treatments.
Overall Oral Health
Most dental professionals suggest meeting with your dentist for an exam to ensure that your gums and teeth are healthy enough to begin whitening. Dr. Robert Fields, DDS says that “It would be less painful for the patient doing the whitening and, honestly, the patient, as well as the dentist, need to make sure the teeth and gums are healthy.” You can save yourself a lot of pain, sensitivity, and money if you check in with your preferred dentist before whitening.
Restoring Tooth Decay
If you do have any teeth that need dental treatment, it is important to fix any underlying oral health issues before beginning cosmetic whitening. Any cavities, dental fillings, crowns, or decay that are left untreated, will only lead to a variety of oral health problems in the future such as costly, intensive procedures, and even extraction of teeth!
Whitening may make your teeth and mouth look more appealing, but in reality, whitening may mask other oral health problems you may be experiencing. Whitening is not a fix for poor oral health or decay.
Whitening Can Damage Enamel
The whitening process is hard on your teeth’s enamel, so you want to ensure that you are not using too much whitening or that you are not whitening too often because this can also have an adverse effect on your oral health. It is important to consult your dentist to determine the appropriate amount of whitening you should use.
Routine Checkups With Your Dentist
Once your teeth begin to grow in, it is important to schedule routine check ups with your dentist so you can continue to monitor your oral health. Proper oral health and routine dental cleanings can help to prevent bad breath, periodontal disease, and tooth decay. Not to mention, poor oral health is linked to a variety of other illnesses such as heart disease. A healthy smile leads to gained confidence! Now go show off your healthy teeth!