If you’re a teenager, you probably see a lot of perfect pearly whites grinning at you from your Insta or Snapchat accounts. This may prompt you to want whiter teeth yourself, but you might be unsure of exactly how to go about it. Should you opt for a homemade strategy, one of the many products you see at the drug store, or a full-fledged teeth whitening kit? We asked a panel of professionals to share their favorite teen-friendly teeth whitening strategies. Read on to learn more.
Amanda Napitu, Contributor at Dentaly.org. Her aim is to make oral health care easier to understand for everyone.
There are many reasons why your teeth might not be as white as you'd like. Maybe they are just naturally a bit yellow; maybe they are stained because of the foods and drinks you consume, or because of a medical condition. Or perhaps your oral hygiene is not as good as it could be.
Before you think about whitening your teeth, have a dental checkup and teeth cleaning to remove any plaque and tartar. This alone can make them look much brighter! Your hygienist will give you some tips for keeping your teeth clean and will check for problems like gum disease.
Providing your teeth and gums are healthy, you can consider a teeth whitening kit or professional dental whitening. It's always a good idea to discuss whitening options with your dentist, but if you can't afford their prices, whitening kits are a good alternative as long as you follow the instructions. Don't be tempted to use them for longer or more often than stated - this can damage your teeth and lead to expensive and painful dental problems later in life.
Some teeth whitening kits say they are suitable for use from age 9 or 10, but it's best to wait until you've had all your permanent (adult) teeth for at least 2 years. It takes this long for your enamel to harden properly, making your teeth less sensitive to bleaching.
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