Although we don’t always like it, it’s natural for teeth to become discolored over time. Years worth of consuming foods and drinks that cause stains can leave them looking drab and dingy. Thankfully, teeth whitening treatments can help! With so many commercial products available, it’s tempting to bypass the dentist’s office. After all, it’s seemingly much easier to purchase something over-the-counter, instead. Doing so can put your oral health at risk, though, so you might want to think twice! Keep reading to learn why it’s best to whiten your teeth with your dentist.
Teeth Whitening and Sensitivity
It might seem more convenient, initially, to head straight to the store rather than schedule another visit with the dentist. You might quickly come to regret this decision, though! Teeth whitening products rely on bleaching chemicals like hydrogen peroxide to remove stains from the surface of your teeth. These strong ingredients are known to weaken enamel and irritate even fully healthy teeth. This can leave them feeling sensitive and sore, especially when you eat anything too hot or cold.
Not only that, but ill-fitting trays and strips in many whitening kits allow the same harsh chemicals to infiltrate your gums resulting in additional discomfort.
Your dentist has experience and professional equipment that allow them to create customized trays to fit your mouth, specifically. They’ll also take proper precautions to protect your gums and safely apply the treatment as intended.
You Might Have Cavities
If you know that whitening ingredients on healthy teeth can cause issues, imagine how it would impact a tooth with a cavity! Keep in mind that it’s possible to have areas of decay and not even know it. Sometimes they are in places we cannot easily see, like in between teeth or in our molars.
If you attempt to use a lightening agent without consulting with your dentist, though, you might quickly find it! The same harsh ingredients that wear down the protective outer layer of your tooth can penetrate all the way to the tender root. This can further damage the already injured tooth and cause even more pain.
Whitening With Your Dentist
If you’ve unintentionally bleached a tooth with a cavity, you’ll inevitably end up calling your dentist to find some relief. Save yourself the grief, and just start there, first! Your dentist will examine your teeth and gums prior to treatment to ensure they’re healthy enough to sustain it. They’ll address any areas of concern before proceeding. If you have a tooth with a cavity, for example, they’ll make sure it’s cleaned and filled before whitening it.
Furthermore, your dentist has access to professional-grade materials that can brighten your teeth better than over-the-counter products. They also contain ingredients that prevent sensitivity. That means your dentist can give you better results without the risk!
Only your dentist can lighten your teeth while accounting for your oral health. Reach out today and you’ll soon be on your way to reclaiming the dazzling smile you deserve!
About the Practice
At Boston Smile Center, our dental team is devoted to helping you achieve the healthiest, most beautiful version of your smile. With training in both in general dentistry as well as cosmetic dentistry, Dr. Sasson is experienced in administering whitening treatments. He can also provide you with a take-home kit with custom-fitted trays for your convenience. You’re welcome to request an appointment on our website or by calling (617) 739-1017.