Everybody wants a white and beautiful smile. Teeth whitening treatments are becoming increasingly popular because they can restore a pearly white sheen to teeth that have become yellow, stained, or discolored. However, teeth whitening is not for everyone, and these products can do significant harm to your teeth if you have untreated cavities or tooth decay. Here’s why you should consult with your dentist before using teeth whitening products to make sure they’re a good fit for you and to address any tooth decay beforehand.
What Makes Tooth Whitening When I Have Cavities So Dangerous?
Cavities and decay make teeth more sensitive, and whitening agents used in cosmetic dental treatments can be strong medicines. Exposing cavities to these agents can result in severe dental pain that you’re unlikely to forget. It can also cause further damage to the afflicted tooth by exposing the dentin or pulp layers to the agent. It doesn’t make sense to try to make your teeth prettier if you’re injuring them in the process.
Why Should I See My Dentist Before Using a Teeth Whitening Product?
Store-bought teeth whitening products aren’t always of high quality. Some of them include whitening agents that are too weak or too strong, and one-size-fits-all dental trays can leave some people’s teeth unevenly whitened or expose other people’s gum tissue to harsh chemicals. Consult with your dentist before using a teeth whitening product to ensure that you’re using a quality brand and that your teeth are healthy enough to be whitened. Your smile can be safely whitened after your dentist treats any tooth decay.
However, if you want the best teeth whitening treatment available, your dentist can provide you with a take-home teeth whitening kit that delivers superior results. The kit will come with customized dental trays and a tube of professional-grade whitening gel. The treatment only requires you to fill the trays with the gel and wear them over your teeth for about an hour every day for two weeks. Your teeth can be up to ten shades whiter as a result.
A whiter smile is not out of reach. Consulting with your dentist before treating your teeth can help you achieve the best possible results with minimal discomfort.
About the Author
Dr. Nelson Y. Howard earned his dental degree from the UCLA School of Dentistry in 1986 and completed a one-year General Practice Residency at the V.A. Medical Center in West Los Angeles in 1987. He is proud to hold memberships with the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry and the American Society for Dental Aesthetics. His office in San Marcos, CA offers general, restorative, emergency, and cosmetic dentistry such as teeth whitening treatments. To learn more about safely whitening your smile, contact his office online or dial (760) 599-6559.