Whitening teeth has been one of the easiest and most convenient ways to improve your smile. In fact, even the ancient Romans tried to whiten their teeth by filing their pearly whites down in order to reveal an unstained layer of their teeth. While you no longer have to go through such lengths to have a bright and pristine smile, there are a couple of things which you have to take note of before you give your teeth a much needed makeover.
Dental whitening can lead to the destruction of your teeth.
The problem with dental whitening is that you will be making use of certain chemicals which are, by nature, abrasive to your teeth. The very principle of the dental whitening procedure is hinged on the ability of the active ingredient, which is hydrogen peroxide, to remove stains which have been left on the surfaces of your teeth by scratching them off. But while there may be no problem with in-office dental whitening procedures, wherein a dentist would be overseeing the entire procedure, you might have problem with the timing when making use of at-home whitening kits.
Teeth sensitivity and cavities should be treated prior to getting dental whitening procedures.
If you want to avoid a ton of pain, then you need to make sure that your teeth does not have any holes which could expose the interior layers that are composed of blood vessels and nerve endings that could get irritated when they interact with the active ingredient in most dental whitening formulations. For this reason, if you are suffering from teeth sensitivity or if you have any cavities which you may be aware of, then make sure that you have these dental conditions treated prior to having your teeth whitened.
Don’t fall prey to being a teeth whitening addict.
In the same manner that some individuals cannot keep themselves from getting tanned, some individuals also manage to get hooked on dental whitening treatments. There are two problems that could arise from this — you may whiten your teeth up to a point that they become unnatural and you could actually destroy your teeth in the process. There is a certain threshold of whiteness that, if you breach, could make your smile freakishly white and wouldn’t make your smile any flattering at all. On the other hand, the abrasive chemical could also lead your teeth to become dissolved and eroded in the process.
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