Oh my goodness! The Halloween candy is on sale now and every merchant seems to be posting pre-black Friday sales! Despite our beautiful Indian Summer Fall, that must surely mean family gatherings, holiday parties, cocktail parties and open houses, and family photos are just around the corner! Ads tell us we want to be slimmer, have fuller, longer hair, and whiter teeth. While we can’t do too much to help you out with the first two, we can help you out with your smile.
Whitening your teeth is done with bleaching trays or whitening strips. Both whiten your teeth using a bleaching gel. Whitening toothpaste does not whiten your teeth. It simply contains a larger particle grit to remove more surface stain. While that may not sound bad, using an abrasive toothpaste, or whitening toothpaste is not in the interest of preserving the enamel on your teeth. Rather, we recommend a gentle toothpaste containing fluoride and using a bleaching gel to whiten your teeth.
Is it safe to bleach your teeth? Yes! The studies done indicate that temporary sensitivity is the only down side to whitening your teeth. While whitening your teeth, I would recommend that you try to avoid staining foods and drink such as blueberries, red wine, coffee and teas. If you simply cannot avoid these, then consider drinking water as well and resist brushing your teeth for at least 30 minutes after consuming.
The two methods of bleaching your teeth are custom trays from your dentist or whitening strips, available over the counter. The advantage of the custom trays is they can reach all of your teeth. If you have a smile that displays your first molars, this may be a good option for you! Whitening strips generally cover only the six anterior (or front) teeth. Whitening strips are effective, but may take a little longer to get to the same results achieved with custom whitening trays.
Interested? Please ask us and we will help guide you towards which best fits your needs.