In a quest to achieve that enviable white teeth without spending a fortune, many resort to teeth whitening practices that actually do more harm than good.
Get that gorgeous white teeth without compromising your teeth’s health by avoiding the following teeth whitening mistakes at all cost:
Going rogue with teeth whitening.
As a general rule of thumb, don’t bleach your teeth on your own, without the supervision of a dental professional. Dentists will not only be able to accurately assess if you’re a good candidate for whitening, they’ll also be able to effectively and safely prep your mouth for the procedure.
In addition, dentists will also be able to provide the right teeth whitening after care. For instance, a dentist will be able to prescribe a desensitising agent in case you experience any tooth sensitivity.
Not using customised dental tray.
Not using the customised tray provided by your dentist and using a generic tooth guard can result to disappointing results, swallowed or spilled whitening solution, and even additional expense.
Understandably, there is a reason dentists use customised trays in teeth whitening. Aside from the fact that customised trays fit better, it also helps ensure the bleach keeps in contact with the teeth and can work its magic properly as opposed to spilling out and irritating the gums and throat.
Having teeth whitened at a salon.
Your go-to salon might be the best place to get that facial or manicure but it’s not the ideal place to whiten your teeth. Proper tools are needed to fully sterilise and disinfect teeth bleaching equipment and many salons might not have them. In addition, salon staff don’t have the expert training that can help ensure whitening is done safely and correctly.
Using too much whitening toothpaste.
Whitening toothpaste can effectively light surface stains cause by tea, coffee, and tobacco. However, using them daily or excessively is not recommended as they can make teeth look worse.
Some whitening toothpaste can also be too abrasive and using them excessively may lead to severe tooth wear since some of them contain abrasive compounds or particles that can remove the teeth’s enamel.
Bleaching the teeth excessively.
The adage too much of anything is not good also applies to teeth bleaching. Too much bleaching may lead to a chalky appearance, far from the shiny, dazzling, and white smile you’re hoping for.
Those who are obsessed with bleaching might also cause their teeth to lose vitality and take on a blueish colour. Ensuring those situations are avoided is also another reason why a teeth whitening should be done by a professional. Your dentist can also help warrant you don’t go far when it comes to bleaching your teeth.
Not following after care instructions.
Eating the wrong foods after your teeth whitening procedure is one of the most prevalent mistakes many people make. Case in point: many people continue to drink sports drinks, soda, tea, and coffee hours after the whitening procedure.
Since there is a tendency for the teeth to become sensitive after whitening, it would be best to avoid eating certain foods. The first few hours after the procedure, ensure you follow the following basic after care instructions:
- Refrain from consuming beverages that can stain the teeth such as tea, coffee, and red wine.
- Refrain from smoking at least the first 24 hours after the procedure.
- Try consuming light-coloured first for the time being after the teeth whitening procedure. Rice, boiled chicken, and peeled potatoes would be good starters.