Teeth Whitening Basics

teeth-whitening-basicsTeeth whitening is undeniably popular. In the world of cosmetic dentistry, it is one of the most asked-for treatments. Bright, white teeth signal youth and beauty. Before you get started on your own teeth whitening journey, there are a few teeth whitening basics you need to know.

1. Not all whitening is appropriate for all smiles
Teeth should be healthy before beginning any teeth whitening regimen. For the best results, schedule a dental checkup before you whiten to ensure that you are a candidate for your chosen whitening treatment. If you have restored teeth or certain types of stains, you might benefit more from porcelain veneers.

2. A pre-whitening professional cleaning can give you better results
Plaque and tartar buildup can prevent the whitening solution from penetrating the enamel evenly. A pre-whitening cleaning will remove this buildup and polish your teeth to remove superficial stains, ensuring the best possible results from your whitening procedure.

3. Whitening does need periodic maintenance
No whitening treatment can prevent all stains from reappearing, so periodic touch-ups will be necessary to maintain your results. Avoiding habits that could stain your teeth can reduce the risk of staining. This includes smoking or chewing tobacco and drinking excessive amounts of wine, coffee, tea, and energy drinks.

Both in-office and at-home professional whitening treatments are available, and these treatments can lighten your teeth dramatically, depending on the natural shade of your teeth and the extent of the staining. Contact us today to learn more or to schedule your appointment with our expert in teeth whitening in Northridge.

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