Whitening is a terrific way to brighten your smile, improve first impressions and help you feel better about your appearance.
It is not for everybody, however, and just buying over-the-counter (OTC) products can cause some problems if you don’t first consider your personal dental health.
An appointment with your dentist is the best first step.
“Not everyone can do it,” said Dr. Eric Salud, lead dentist at Complete Comfort Dental in Channahon.
Medical reports suggest that since whitening agents contain bleaches (hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide), the process is not recommended during pregnancy, for youths age 16 and under, and for others with sensitive tooth enamel or gum disease.
That’s why a dental appointment is needed to determine if whitening is suitable for you.
Whitening also will not work on caps, veneers, crowns – they contain designed coloration -- or fillings. But if those are not present on the front teeth, whitening is a definite benefit.
Whitening offers three choices:
-- OTC products, which generally include toothpastes and one-size-fits-all trays containing gel. The trays may not fit well, the whitening agent is the weakest of the options, ad whitening can take up to 12 weeks.
-- Dentist-prescribed and fitted trays for home use. The whitening agent is a bit stronger, some protection of gums and soft tissue, and the use period is about four weeks.
-- Whitening in your dentist’s office. The procedure can take up to an hour. The whitening agent is the strongest of the options, which means it lasts the longest. The procedure takes up to an hour, using a whitening agent and special light and/or heat. Prescription tray use at home reinforces the procedure.
For most clients, “it’s a great cosmetic service,” Dr. Salud said.
“It makes your smile look better, helps you feel better about yourself, and helps with self-esteem.”
Complete Comfort Dental
25445 S. Pheasant Lane, Suite I, Channahon, IL., 60410