|Dr. Alan Wishneff D.D.S.
Restorative Dentistry / Oral Health
August 21, 2016
A brighter, whiter smile is something most of us want to achieve, especially when it comes to making the right first impression. For most of us, that gleaming smile is accomplished through tooth whitening.
The first step in obtaining a white smile is to maintain a healthy oral hygiene program. This includes regular brushing, flossing and regular visits to the dentist for professional cleanings. While these things will help, it may not be enough for most to keep their teeth white. Daily assaults on the teeth from red wine, tea, coffee, sodas and certain foods can leave them stained and unattractive. Smokers will also struggle with stains on their teeth. These stains aren’t always easily brushed away, which leads many people to choose tooth whitening procedures.
Choosing the Right System
There are many different tooth whitening procedures that can be done either at the dentist or at your own home. If you choose to get your teeth whitened professionally, talk to your dentist. They will know what system is best for you and they will do the job properly. There are also many at-home kits and toothpastes that you can buy in the store.
Risks of Tooth Whitening
Problems can arise with professional or at home tooth whitening systems. While uncommon, there is the potential for gum damage from both at-home and in-office whitening procedures. The newer laser whitening systems have also resulted in reports of gum problems. This, however, can be minimized by choosing a dentist who has significant experience in the field of cosmetic dentistry. It is best to do your research before choosing a whitening system.
Gum and Tooth Sensitivity
One of the shared problems that come with in office and at home systems is that gums can become extremely sensitive from the chemicals that are used in the tooth whitening products. If you normally have sensitive teeth, it is a good idea to be cautious about which products you use to whiten your teeth. For those with really sensitive teeth and gums it is best to get a professional whitening procedure done under a qualified dentist that can choice the best formula for you.
If you have healthy teeth and don’t tend to experience tooth sensitivity to hot and cold drinks, then an at-home whitening kit might be your best bet. These kits are generally a lot cheaper than the dental office whitening procedures. There are whitening toothpastes that can be used that are specially formulated for sensitive teeth. These toothpastes can be helpful while you undergo whitening and if you don’t already have sensitive teeth, it can help to prevent future issues from the whitening kit.
Some of the whitening kits used at home can also harm tooth enamel, so it is important to use one that is approved by your dentist and ideally carries a seal of approval from your national dental organization.
More Whitening Facts
If you have fillings, you should know that tooth whitening typically won’t whiten these substances. Talk to your dentist about your best options for whitening if you have porcelain or other materials used for fillings or any other kind of restorative work in your mouth.
Approach tooth whiteners with care and caution along with advice from a qualified dentist. This way, you can find the right one for you while minimizing risks and getting the beautiful white teeth that give the first impression you want.
For more information about this topic or any other dental topic, contact Dr.Wishneff at[email protected] or call (561) 488-3111. Dr. Alan Wishneff is a Boca Raton Dentist dedicated to bringing patients state-of-the-art dental care. As a cosmetic, family and restorative dentist, he helps patients enjoy a natural and healthy smile. He is trained in cosmetic dentistry, including porcelain veneers; advanced cosmetic bonding techniques; oral surgery; medical emergency procedures; advanced crown and bridge; advanced TMJ; implant dentistry; endodontics-root canals: utilization of most advanced dental materials. Dr, Wishneff and staff are dedicated to providing great smiles in Boca Raton for more than 30 years. After more than two decades of practicing dentistry in Boca Raton, Dr. Wishneff is more committed than ever to this community.