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Before you whiten your teeth, you should know this

Teeth whitening — both over-the-counter and at your dentist — has come a long way. But whether you decide to try grocery store whitening strips or make an appointment with Dr. Kalil for professional treatment, there’s some information you should keep in mind.

teeth whitening windham nhIf you choose at-home whitening

• Check the product ingredients
• Avoid abrasive “silica” that scrapes teeth to whiten them
• Look for whitening products containing peroxide that bleaches your teeth
• Bleach is the only product proven to whiten teeth
• Don’t expect quick results
• Don’t expect extreme results
• At-home whitening kits can get your teeth about three to five shades whiter
• Custom trays made by your dentist used with professional bleaching agents can provide the best at-home results
• Whitening strips can provide results, but come in second to custom trays

If you have sensitive teeth

• People with sensitive teeth need to be more cautious when whitening
• See your dentist first to make sure you don’t have a dental problem causing the sensitivity
• Make sure your teeth are cavity-free and your gums are healthy
• Your dentist can provide desensitizing treatments
• Professional whitening at the dentist can provide better, faster results

If you have fillings, veneers or crowns

It might not be realistic to think all of your teeth will bleach to a uniform white color. Fillings, veneers and crowns can’t be bleached or whitened. And if your teeth are naturally gray, they may not whiten much.

If you’re concerned about how your teeth and gums are reacting

Any products that cause you discomfort should be discontinued, and this is particularly true when it comes to products that irritate your teeth and gums. If you experience teeth sensitivity or if the edges of your teeth start to appear transparent, you should stop whitening and talk to your dentist.

We know that teeth bleaching agents are everywhere – from our toothpaste and mouthwash to new, faster and more remarkable products available at the dentist. But it’s important to make sure your teeth and gums are safe and not being harmed by any bleaching products. Make an appointment today to discuss the procedures that are best for your. Call 978-688-1895.