At-Home Teeth Whitening Kits: Tips For Best Results

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So, you have made the decision to use an at-home, DIY teeth whitening kit to whiten your pearly whites. However, before you move forward with the process, you will want to take into consideration a few things.

Check-in with Your Dentist First

Before you ever utilize an at-home whitening kit, you should make an appointment with your dentist to have your teeth checked out and have them cleaned. During this appointment, your dentist will inspect your teeth for any signs of decay and ensure that your gums are healthy. You should also talk to your dentist about the most effective at-home whitening kits, as this will help ensure that you use a safe product and that you end up with the most effective results.

Do Your Homework

Before choosing a tooth whitening kit, you should do your own research. You will want to check into the peroxide amount in the kit, as this amount will vary from one kit to the next. Ultimately, you should find one that has a moderate amount. If you are uncertain, talk to your dentist before making a final decision.

Follow the Instructions

The most important step is to follow the instructions with the kit to a T. If you leave the strips or gel on for longer than the time recommended, you could cause your gums to become sore and your teeth to become incredibly sensitive. You may assume that your teeth will get whiter, but this is not how the process works. In addition, you should avoid drinking anything except water following the whitening process. Smoking is also a big no-no.

Protect Your Gums and Teeth

Following a teeth whitening treatment, it is very likely that your teeth will be more sensitive than normal; however, this is normally temporary. In some instances, the gel may cause gum irritation. In the event that you have an adverse reaction, you should stop the use of the gel or strips immediately.

While there are plenty of safe, effective at-home teeth whitening kits available, you may want to consider reaching out to your dental provider about their in-office teeth whitening procedures or professional-grade teeth whitening kits that can be taken home. These kits contain bleaching agents that are stronger than those over-the-counter, which means that you can expect to see results similar to those in the office. For more information, contact a dentist about teeth whitening kits.


20 April 2021

Emergency Dental Care

The average dentist takes many client appointments each day and also deals with emergency situations on a regular basis. Dental emergencies are very common because people are likely to put off having tooth pain fixed until the pain becomes unbearable. Some people have anxiety about dental visits, and others are trying to avoid the expense of dental care. In either case, the end result is often a dental emergency. I have worked as a professional dental hygienist for many years and have seen all types of dental emergencies. I hope that this blog will help people identify potential emergencies before they become too serious and will allow people to know when to get help.