7 Teeth Whitening Mistakes to Avoid!

teeth whitening mistakes to avoid.

When it’s done correctly teeth whitening can cosmetically brighten your smile, as well as your overall appearance.

Whitening isn’t invasive, and it doesn’t take a lot of time. And it’s now one of the top go-to options for cosmetic tune-up. People will spend nearly 7 billion dollars on whitening products this year.

The bad news? Many whitening products are not very effective, or safe. In fact, they can cause some serious damage to your teeth and gums.

teeth whitening mistakes to avoid. The good news? Whitening can be safe and effective as long as some common whitening mistakes are avoided.

Brightening your smile can be a great option, as long as it doesn’t damage your oral health. Here are some mistakes to avoid.

Beware of these 7 Teeth Whitening Mistakes!

  1. Too Much Whitening Toothpaste – Store bought whitening toothpastes, are a popular option for removing certain stains from your teeth, and they can be effective. However, these toothpastes also contain abrasives to help polish away stains. If these toothpastes are overused, and used incorrectly, they can begin to thin tooth enamel over time. Whitening toothpastes can also promote other dental issues, such as tooth sensitivity, or gum recession and irritations. If you plan on using over-the-counter whitening toothpastes, use one that is ADA approved, and please follow the product’s instructions.
  2. Relying On One-size-fits-all Whitening Trays – For convenience and ease, whitening trays are another popular option for teeth whitening. They are most effective when they are custom made. One-size-fits-all trays are uniquely designed to the shape and size of your tooth. They won’t be as comfortable to wear,or as effective either, as the whitening gel usually leaks out. When the gel does leak it can burn or irritate your gums, and also increase teeth sensitivity. Our take-home whitening trays are made specifically for your teeth. They will comfortably fit over your teeth, and hold the whitening gels in place so that you reach your whitening goals, without harming your teeth.
  3. Overdoing the Whitening Strips – Using whitening strips can also reduce teeth stains, but they can also damage your teeth, especially if you overuse or misuse them – like leaving them on longer than recommended. Tooth sensitivity, gum irritation, and tooth enamel erosion are some of the ways these strips can damage your teeth.
  4. Do-It-Yourself Whitening Remedies – Do-it-yourself teeth whitening methods, and formulas, are popular, just do a search on YouTube. Some people will try just about any so-called home “remedy” to attain a shiny, stain free smile. Don’t be that person. Some of these home whitening treatments use baking soda, hydrogen peroxide, even lemon juice, and they can all bring plenty of dangers to the health of your teeth and gum. Gum irritation, tooth enamel erosion, tooth sensitivity, or inflammation of soft tissues within the mouth. If you’re already pursuing a DIY whitening treatment, or you’re planning on starting one, please let us know, so that we can help you find an approved ADA whitening option, or, better yet, recommend one of our professional whitening treatments, so that you can safely and effectively meet your whitening goals.
  5. Forgetting to Brush and Floss Before Whitening – Brushing and flossing before your whitening treatments will help improve the effectiveness of your whitening endeavors. Having food particles stuck your teeth, or plaque buildup can stifle your whitening efforts. Staying on top of your daily oral hygiene will compliment your teeth whitening treatment.
  6. Drinking or Eating Things that Stain Your Teeth – Beware of certain foods and beverages after you whiten. This will ensure that your teeth whitening is effective, lasts longer, and that it doesn’t harm the health of your teeth. Beware of foods and beverages that are high in pigmentation (these will stain!) or high in acidity (these can weaken your teeth). Most ADA approved whitening treatments suggest staying away from foods and drinks with a strong pigmentation for a minimum of 24 hours after you whiten, or even longer if possible. Can’t live without your coffee or red wine? Stay on top of your regular 6 month teeth cleanings.
  7. Not Consulting Your Dentist About Whitening – If you’re planning to start whitening your teeth, or you already are, please let us know. We can offer plenty of tips and info to help prevent any long-term damage to your teeth.We’ll also examine your teeth and review your dental history, to help you find an effective whitening option that meets your brightening goals. Some existing dental issues can determine your whitening options. These may include existing restorative dental work (crowns, tooth colored fillings or veneers), as well as having crooked teeth, receding gums or tooth sensitivity. We’re here to support your whitening efforts and goals. And we can steer you towards whitening treatments that are safe, effective and comfortable. Here’s why you can rely on us!

Safe & Effective Teeth Whitening

Teeth whitening can be a great option to enhance the look of your smile and your overall appearance, especially if you can avoid the whitening mistakes.

One option that’s not a mistake? Relying on us for your whitening treatment. We offer two professional whitening treatments that are safe, effective and comfortable.

If you feel like you could benefit from a brighter smile make-over, please call (206) 524-1000 to schedule a whitening consultation, or request an appointment online.   

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