Things to Remember While Whitening Teeth
Teeth Whitening treatments are in demand all over the world nowadays. Whether by bleaching done by the dentist, using over-the-counter whitening products or organic remedies at home, all of them are now being tried by various people as an option for teeth whitening.
Who wouldn't want a set of pearly-white teeth, anyway? In today’s technologically based world where smiles say so much about a person, including various aspects of lives, it is no wonder everyone is on the course of finding the perfect solution to whiten their teeth.
Question is, how do you whiten your teeth? Are you using the correct method?
Here then are some things to keep in mind when sorting out ways to whiten your teeth.
Determine the Problem
Solving a problem you do not know is quite impossible, right? It is thus necessary to know the main issue of why your teeth aren't as white as you want them to be, to find the right solution. Do you have extrinsic or intrinsic stains? Do you have habits that damage your teeth? Is your enamel at the edge of completely dissolving, or your dentin is just a yellow shade darker than usual? Are the plaques already turning into tartar, or can they still be removed professionally?
Answers to these questions can most definitely be answered by a professional. Consulting a dentist about what is the root hindrance to achieving whiter teeth is, of course, the most advised. Nonetheless, you can do some reflections at home too. For instance, you may investigate what foods are notorious for leaving stains on the teeth.
If you are frequently having these foods, as well as continue habits like smoking, you are most likely having extrinsic discoloration which stains the enamel or the protective covering of the crown region of the tooth. Whitening toothpaste can sometimes remove it, but whitening gels are deemed to be more effective with faster results, too.
If, on the other hand, you do not have these harmful habits but still notice discoloration after taking medications for a while, or while aging, or after a traumatic event for your teeth, you may be experiencing intrinsic discoloration which comes from within the tooth. Mostly, you may say the dentin or the yellowish tissue inside the enamel has been getting darker and hence, more visible through the semi-translucent covering.
This is a lot harder to treat than normal extrinsic stains, so it is advised to be professionally bleached. Sometimes, whitening gels work for these stains too.
Visit a dentist and ask for a professional opinion
You may do reflections at home, true. You can research what treatments are best for your condition, and hopefully, have your teeth whiter through this simple way. If it worked, good for you. But if not, you need a professional's advice. After all, despite similarities, cases always vary from one to another.
If you're hesitant to try the internet given answers, you can just go straight to a dentist and have him/her tell you the problem of your teeth and the best treatment for it. The dentist can easily diagnose your specific condition and then determine which brand, product, or system, is best for you.
Perhaps the only downside to this is, dental consultations can be pricey. So, if you’re a little tight on the budget, you can always try treatments at home; just make sure they’re tested and proven- and of course, vegan friendly! You just have to keep in mind how in-office serves are frequently done and compare it to your desired at-home product. For instance, go for products that use the right percentage of hydrogen peroxide like OneClickSmile so your daily sessions wont be that different to expensive clinic visits.
Being serious about teeth whitening requires conviction and commitment too. If you consulted a dentist and received treatment, you cannot just stop there. You also need to be aware of what foods, drinks, and habits you need to avoid to maintain your pearly-white teeth.
Like the example earlier, you need to know the 7 foods that stain your teeth so you may avoid them. You also need to know the proper way of brushing, flossing, and even the types of mouthwashes in the market so you may be able to keep a bright, white smile.
Think Ahead and Long-Term
People who suddenly become interested in teeth whitening are often those who have something important marked in their calendars. Brides, for instance, include teeth whitening in their beauty preparations before their big day. What you should note, however, is that not all teeth whitening treatments can give you a miraculous white smile in a day- even when you opt for dental office bleaching.
If you think brushing with a whitening toothpaste the night before the big day you are preparing for will give you a brighter smile, you are sadly very wrong. Great things take time and consistency, if I may remind.
Sure, there are treatments like OneClickSmile in the market which you can use for just 10 minutes and give you good results already. However, products like this still need a week to showcase their best outcomes. If you use OneClickSmile and monitor your teeth's progress through the shade chart provided in the kit, the promised 8 shades whiter teeth can only be achieved if it is used for a week. If only used for a day or two, expect only a good outcome- not the best. So, if you genuinely want that bright smile ready for a specific day, think ahead and allow time for the treatment you will avail.
Furthermore, you must also think long term. When you plan it out how much time you will allow for the treatment, you also consider how fast the product or services take to effect, right? While doing so, you must also consider its safety. It must be faster than other products and treatments, sure, but would it be safe and compatible with your teeth? For instance, when you decided to use hydrogen peroxide as the solution you will use as it is quite famous for its teeth whitening properties, you must consider these aspects while choosing a brand that offers the accurate concentration.
Does the product offer a higher concentration for faster whitening? If so, think twice about the product because a higher concentration of hydrogen peroxide can erode the enamel faster than it can eliminate stains. Does the product offer lesser concentration which demands a longer period of treatment but ensures the safety of your enamel and dentin? Better than risking the enamel for ‘faster' treatment. Does the product offer lesser concentration but provides UV light accelerator for faster yet safe results? Best idea.
Follow the Instructions Carefully
Instructions are always there for a reason. They are guides and precautions that will prevent you from doing things you aren't supposed to. Whether instructions regarding product use or instructions given by a dentist- you must keep them all in mind and obey them properly. Otherwise, risks may be generated, and adversities may occur regardless of how safe and approved the chosen treatment was.
Know What You're In For
Before going in for treatments, you must know what you're dealing with. If you go to a dentist, the dentist will inform you about the possible side effects like sensitivity and will ask you if you would still want to continue. If you choose over the counter products, you must know not just its promises but also the content and pre-cautions the product advises. Some products may cause sensitivity, some products may not. Some products won't guarantee an instant result, some will give you an estimate of what you should expect. OneClickSmile, for instance, guarantees 2-8 shades whiter teeth without causing sensitivity.
Aside from this, you should also be aware of the products' expiry, and how long it is supposed to use. This way, you can be conscious of how much of your budget you will have allocated for the treatment. There are more affordable treatments, but you would have to consistently use for a long time, and there are products or treatments that may cost you some but are ought to be bought for one time only.
Too much is always dangerous!
Not doing anything to improve your smile is distressing but doing too much can be more harmful too. Understandably, people would want to whiten their teeth and be photo-ready anytime swiftly, but you'd want to consider how too many treatments can make your teeth more yellow than it originally is.
You may go to a dentist and consult what's the best treatment for you. You may make extra efforts for daily routines that involve your dental wellness; but you can't do so many treatments either.
Think about it this way: it's like getting overdosed or putting too much to something that requires only one. It'll break it more than make it. Brushing your teeth 4 times a day, for instance, can chip and break your enamel more than clean it. Bottom line is, you look for what is the root of your dental problem, search how you can solve it, stick to it, and then maintain the whiter teeth you achieved by being careful and aware.