More and more people are coming in to see our cosmetic dentist about teeth whitening procedures. Whitening is increasingly becoming one of the most popular dentistry treatments, and there are a number of ways to get a brighter smile. While an in-office whitening procedure is incredibly fast and effective, some patients prefer to get an over-the-counter whitening kit due to its affordability and convenience. If you choose to follow this route, there are some things to keep in mind.
Before starting any whitening regimen, you should schedule an appointment with your dentist first to make sure you are in good periodontal health. If you suffer from any tooth decay or gum disease, those issues will need to be treated first before you can whiten your teeth.
Once you have bought your whitening kit, make sure to follow the instructions carefully. Do not leave the strips or gels on longer than recommended; otherwise, you could wind up with sore gums. You should also take special consideration with any whitening treatment if you have dental veneers or crowns since those will not lighten with treatment. Changing the color of the teeth around those could lead to an uneven smile.