Teeth Whitening: Get the Facts

Teeth WhiteningWho doesn’t want a whiter, healthier looking smile? It’s one of the best parts of looking healthy and vibrant. But with all the whitening products on the market today, along with the many professional services available, it can be hard to decide which system for tooth whitening is the most effective. You may even wonder if the procedure works at all. The truth is, teeth whitening is a highly proven way to significantly improve your smile. To learn more about the myths and facts of having your teeth whitened, read on as we dispel a few of the most common misunderstandings.

Myth #1: My teeth with being sensitive after whitening
Fact: It’s true that for the first couple days after treatment you’ll likely have some tooth sensitivity, but it doesn’t last long. To help with any discomfort, take a pain reliever like ibuprofen before your whitening session. And if you’re using whitening gel to get the desired effect, consider wearing your gel trays for a shorter duration, and cut back on the whitening gel you use. Desensitizing toothpaste is also readily available at your local grocery or drug store.

Myth #2: Teeth whitening is a “one and done” procedure
Fact: To effectively maintain your whitened teeth, you must take care of them. Aside from brushing twice a day and flossing daily, avoid dark foods and beverages that can stain your teeth. These include red wine and coffee, as well as blackberries, blueberries, and raspberries. If a food or beverage can stain a white shirt, it can stain your teeth.

Myth #3: Whitening my teeth can replace dental visits
Fact: Not true. The dramatic results that tooth whitening provides your smile should never replace regular dental visits. Your mouth still builds up bacteria and plaque, even if you whiten your teeth, so visiting your dentist twice a year for professional cleanings and checkups is a must.

To learn more about the benefits of teeth whitening, or to schedule your next dental visit, contact the office of Paul Covell, DDS online or by calling 713.943.9832. We are located in Pasadena, TX and look forward to hearing from you!

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