There are plenty of reasons why a person wants to have their teeth whitened. It’s become popular in the past few decades with famous celebrities walking the red carpet with pearly white teeth. You see it on TV, in advertisements and you may notice some of your friends have whiter teeth than you do. Before you get down on yourself, you should know that teeth have a sort of sliding scale of whiteness and that it’s entirely normal that your teeth may be slightly yellow naturally. This doesn’t mean that you have to stick with those yellowish teeth forever. You can always try an over the counter solution like whitening toothpaste or whitening strips which have been shown to be somewhat effective with long term habitual and continued use. However, if you want to skin the months or years it would take to slowly whiten your teeth you can opt to have them whitened by the best Los Angeles dentists. If you go that route there are a few things you’ll want to know before hopping in the chair.
A concern that weighs on many people’s mind is that whitening and using bleach on your teeth can immediately destroy your enamel. While this is a good concern to keep in mind (because we all want healthy, long-lasting enamel) you’re not likely to see destructive results after your first go with whitening. Used in the short term, you should be safe from enamel damage. Whitening products and procedures all come in different strengths so keeping certain products on for longer than recommended or using them for longer than stated may cause damage. You should also know that whitening isn’t for everyone. If you are pregnant, dealing with gum disease or are an adolescent, you should refrain from teeth whitening. However, if you have questions you should field them with your dentist prior to getting any teeth whitening done.
If you are interested in getting professional whitening done you should know that the result’s do not last forever. You could benefit from improving your brushing technique or getting your teeth cleaned every six months. You should get your teeth whitened and months later notice they are yellowing again. However, you can help by avoiding eating and drinking certain foods that can cause them to yellow faster such as coffee. Regardless of when you get them whitened you will eventually need to do a touch up at your dentist’s office again. The last thing to know about whitening is that you can’t predict the kind of sensitivity you may experience. All people are different and so their tooth sensitivity is. Your dentist may recommend something like Ibuprofen to help curb the pain after a procedure or sensitivity toothpaste to use following a whitening procedure.
If you are interested in teeth whitening you can trust Dr. Mobasser for his many years of experience in dentistry. You can call to schedule your appointment today at (310) 550-0383 or schedule an appointment on our homepage. We look forward to giving you the white smile you’ve been dreaming of!