We all dream of having that streamlined, pearly white smile that lights up a room. But many things from coffee and wine to aging and smoking can cause our grins to take on a dingy appearance. It’s normal. When this happens, we usually reach for the whitening gel. At our dental offices in Long Island, we’re all for getting a white smile. But is it possible to overdo it and get a too-white smile? How White is Just Right?
In recent years, tooth whitening has gained in popularity, which is a great thing. However, it’s also led to a bit of and over-whitening craze. Like most things, whitening is best done in moderation. Your dentist can walk you through samples of shades of white to find your best fit and determine the best plan. If whitening is overdone, it can actually have the opposite effect and cause teeth to look almost blue or chalky and see-through.
How Often can I Whiten?
Whitening is safe, but there are some recommendations to keep your mouth healthy before, during, and after whitening. With that said, it’s extremely important not to overdo it. Constant whitening can erode tooth enamel and make teeth more susceptible to decay and cavities, increase sensitivity, and leave them looking really white and healthy when in fact, they’re not healthy at all.
Whitening Tips & Tricks
- Before you decide to whiten your teeth, talk to your Long Island dentist. A discussion can help you determine which whitening product is best for you, what your ultimate shade of white should be, and to establish realistic expectations.
- Beware of the one-size-fits-all trays and strips. Each mouth is different, and the trays or strips you use to whiten should be too. Sometimes, if the whitening ingredients touch your gums for too long, it could cause irritation or pain. If you’re nervous, it’s best to seek professional whitening.
- If you do choose an over-the-counter whitening, make sure to read the directions carefully and don’t leave the strips on longer than recommended. This could also result in irritation and sensitivity.
If you’d like to kick your smile whiteness up a notch, give our Long Island dental offices a call. We’ll be happy to discuss your options and work with you to determine the best solution for you.
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