One of the most popular cosmetic dental procedures is teeth whitening. Teeth whitening services are a great way to get a brighter smile. Having whiter teeth can make you feel more confident. That’s why so many people go to their dentists for this procedure. If you’re considering having your teeth whitened, it’s important to know what advantages and disadvantages are involved in the procedure.

What to Expect

For an in-office whitening treatment, your dentist will need to screen you for a few criteria.

  • Do you smoke? If so, you’ll need to stop at least two weeks before the treatment. You will also need to refrain from smoking for 24 hours after the treatment.
  • Are you pregnant? If so, you’ll need to postpone your whitening treatment until after delivery.
  • Do you suffer from tooth sensitivity? If so, you may consider taking over-the-counter pain relievers to lessen any discomfort from the whitening treatment.

Advantages of Teeth Whitening

Millions of Americans attempt to whiten their teeth every year. These efforts rake in a substantial amount of money. What are the reasons people are willing to spend the time and money to brighten their smiles?

  1. It’s an increase in your confidence! A whiter smile makes people feel better about themselves. They feel the freedom to smile a little wider without hesitation. They’re prouder to have their picture taken. Whiter teeth tend to make feel more confident.

  2. There are very affordable options. There are many different types of whitening services ranging in styles and strengths. It’s not difficult to choose one that best fits your budget.

  3. It’s relatively quick and painless. Depending on what type of service you choose, you may be done with your whitening service in one visit. The pain associated with a whitening service is minimal. Generally, it is only an issue if your teeth are especially sensitive.

Disadvantages to Teeth Whitening

Before pursuing a whitening service, it’s important to consider any disadvantages associated.  

  1. There can be some discomfort involved afterward. Some recipients of this service complain of gum or tooth sensitivity. This will lessen after time, usually just a matter of a few days.

  2. If you have bad habits, your results won’t last. If you smoke or drink a lot of coffee or sodas, your whiter smile isn’t expected to stay that way for long.

  3. Whitening doesn’t work properly on any artificial materials in your mouth. If you have caps, veneers, or even fillings, the whitening treatment won’t affect them the same. You’re more likely to see some two-tone effects.

If you have the following conditions, it’s important to talk to your dentist before whitening. It may not be a good option for you.

  • Tooth decay
  • Receding gums
  • Heart disease
  • Kidney failure
  • Other health impairments

When considering teeth whitening, it’s important to consult your dentist. Your dentist knows the general health of your teeth and can best advise you. He or she can help you decide if you should go through with it, and if so, what method to use. And don’t forget to keep attending your regular exams and cleanings. Your teeth won’t stay white without proper cleaning!

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Disclaimer: The information included in this article is for educational purposes only. It should not be used as a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.