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Is It Safe To Whiten Your Teeth?

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Some of our most delicious delicacies wreak havoc on our teeth. The daily pot of coffee that you drink may be the reason your teeth have gotten stained over the years. To combat this attack from our favorite snacks, we have devised methods you could use to deep clean your teeth and return tooth color to its original form, so you can continue to indulge without consequences.

There are many different teeth whitening techniques that will give you a fresh smile you’ll be proud to show off. Before you decide which method you would like to use to whiten your teeth, you should know how the process works. 

How the whitening remedy works, are there any side effects, and how long does the whitening solution take?

Before you decide to whiten your teeth you should speak with your dentist about your overall dental hygiene. 

A dentist may decide that tooth whitening is not the solution, and that a more severe issue is causing the discoloration. If a dentist has decided that you are a prime candidate for whitening, then you should ask them what they recommend for your needs. They may suggest a treatment that can quickly be done at the dental office. 

One of the most common methods of teeth whitening is peroxide based treatments that essentially bleach the teeth. The peroxide is absorbed by the tooth to break down stains that have set deep into the tooth. 


Is It Safe To Whiten Your Teeth?

There is a lot of talk online about harmful side effects associated with teeth whitening products, but overall there are only two common side effects: irritation and tooth sensitivity. These side effects are widely reported, but they usually do not last longer than a few days. 

In fact, these side effects are fairly common in most dental procedures, not just teeth whitening. The most serious side effect is damage to the root of a tooth, but that is typically caused by improper use of a product. As a thumb, yellow stains can be whitened, but brownish stains tend to be difficult to remove. To avoid the risks associated with over the counter whiteners you should consult your dentist to find the perfect solution for you.

Whitening toothpastes do not actually work to remove stains from your teeth. They are made to remove potential stains that you may come into contact with on a daily basis. 

The most effective way to whiten your teeth is to have your dentist start the process and continue to apply the whitening solution at home. This method usually takes 3-4 weeks and may need to be applied several times a day as needed. If you decide to use over-the-counter whitening strips then you will need to apply the strip twice a day for 30 minutes at a time. This can be a time consuming process, so be prepared to adjust your schedule for this 3 week period. 

Do not confuse using whitening strips with a trip to the dentist. It is still important to schedule regular visits even if you have white teeth!




Author: 
Quintin Bentley Crevling



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  1. I always use the Crest white stripes, but they hurt my sensitive teeth sometimes. I need to try having it done at the dentist :)

    Shauna

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  2. Thanks for sharing! I am considering whitening my teeth for the first time in my life... Loved this content, very useful!

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  3. Great post... as always! ;)

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  4. This is a good post about teeth whitening. I go to the dentist rather than buying any strips but I know people who use them regularly. Happy Week Lux.

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  5. This is amazing. Thank you for sharing sweetie
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    Maggie Dallospedale
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  6. I'm not doing anything particular for teeth whitening, but may need in the future as I love my everyday coffee :-)

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  7. Interesting post
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  8. Thanks very much for the information. It is very well presented.

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  9. I whitened my teeth the right away---at the dental office and it turned out great! I highly recommend it!

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  10. Lovely post dear! Have a great weekend! xx

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  11. I'm considering doing this, so thanks for the advice. Great educational post! :)

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  12. I am still worried about losing enamel to fluoride.

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  14. That's very interesting!

    Have a nice week end!
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  15. An interesting and informative post here, I actually had my teeth whitened with a Zoom laser before my wedding day, it was worth every penny! The bleach gel they give you as a follow on course does hurt though, however the results are great :)

    I've heard about Crest strips too however I'm not too sure how good they are.

    Interesting points in this article!

    laura xo
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  16. Hmm, so far I haven't had any teeth whitening treatment done, but this is good to know. Thanks for sharing. :)

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  17. i don't whiten my teeth and think all the diy ones can do damage on your teeth. so i think having it done professionally would definitely be the safest way to go! xx

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  18. I have sensitive teeth and have to use sensitive toothpaste. Wish I could use more products since I like coffee & tea.

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  19. This is really interesting as I've been wondering for awhile about whitening my teeth! Doing it at the dentist does seem to be the safest & most effective way to go!

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  20. Hmm.. I don't know. I hear a lot of different things on this subject and thus far, I am not convinced of the safety of it. But, I am someone whose teeth don't especially need whitening. Maybe if my teeth were yellower I would be changing my mind on the subject, so I'm not one to speak.

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  21. I haven't whitened my teeth before, but I know a lot of people who do. Thanks for the information.
    ~Jess

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