Best dentists in Westfield IN discuss if doing teeth whitening yourself is safe

While the synonyms for our teeth have been called by such names as the ‘pearly whites’ and the ‘old ivories’ – teeth are not actually ‘naturally’ white in color. The natural color of healthy teeth is actually a bluish white color while also being translucent showing the yellow of the dentin. (The dentin is the layer under the enamel) If the natural light color of your teeth is darker than the light grayish or light yellow color, for any myriad of reasons, you might want to consider whitening your teeth either under the professional and careful watch of your Best dentists in Westfield IN or with an at-home, over-the-counter product.

A walk through the door of any pharmacy will find a myriad of at-home, over-the-counter dental products that promote attaining a whiter smile. These home-based whitening products should not be taken ‘lightly.’ While safe, teeth sensitivity and gum irritation can occur. Beware that too much exposure to the whitening agents of at home products can effectively weaken the enamel on teeth and bring about teeth sensitivity. A dentist should always be consulted before beginning your do-it-yourself whitening, as some conditions of teeth will never be affected by any amount of teeth whitening agents. 
 

Types of do-it-yourself methods

- The home whitening products range from the toothpaste that whitens the teeth, and should always have the ADA (American Dental Association) seal of acceptance. These kinds of toothpaste are mild abrasives with chemical and polishing agents to ‘attack’ surface stains. 
- There are also gels that get applied to teeth, painted on with pen or brush and repeated for two weeks time.
- There are the thin, invisible whitening strips placed on teeth twice daily for five to 30 minutes for five to fourteen days.
- There are teeth whitening trays worn in mouth day or night filled with hydrogen peroxide gel, and light based kits using an acid rinse, peroxide gel and special light applied to teeth to accelerate the lightening of the teeth.

 

Whether you choose to whiten your teeth on your own or not, you should never neglect your regular dental check-ups with your best dentists in Westfield IN. 

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