Teeth whitening is the most popular procedure sought by patients. Those numbers don’t include the people who do it themselves with home whitening kits. However it is not right for everyone and if you do it incorrectly you risk doing serious damage to your teeth. That’s why it’s always a good idea to consult and get your professional.

The first step in deciding whether your teeth are a candidate for whitening a dentist will do a full examination including x-rays. This will give them a better idea of what is causing your teeth to yellow and dim. This also will show what other treatments might be necessary and could solve your problem If the cause of discoloration is treatable without using harsh chemicals. The amount of bleach in home kits vary significantly and without a proper determination of what level is required you could be wasting your money with an over the counter remedy.

One of the pitfalls of home kits is getting the shade of white to match and look natural. The brightest is not always the best when it comes to teeth. Sometimes it highlights the gums and is a distraction rather than an enhancement.  All teeth don’t react to the bleach the same way. Each tooth’s enamel is slightly different so an even colouring can sometimes only be achieved by an experienced professional.

No one knows how sensitive their mouth will be with whitening. An expert who knows your mouth well and what your gums and teeth are likely to experience can make it easier to relax and withstand the procedure. Dentists know how long you should leave the peroxide on so that the acidity doesn’t cause damage to your teeth.

There are many reasons to whiten your teeth and if you feel like you would like to brighten your smile, it’s best to come in for a checkup and get an expert opinion before trying it out on your own.

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