Everyone wants a brighter and whiter smile. Sometimes the type of food and beverages you regularly consume will have a negative affect on how bright your smile is. Many items (ex: coffee, beets, red wine, etc.) have qualities to them that can cause stains on your teeth and can make your best dental hygiene efforts seem counter productive.
Going to your Ottawa dentist regularly is a great way to help keep your teeth healthy and bright. Along with a regular cleaning and check up, most dental offices offer teeth whitening treatments to help make your smile the best it can be. When it comes to home teeth whitening products however, it’s a little bit of a different story. Whitening is very safe, but you should use it judiciously,” says Hadie Rifai, DDS. “Overuse can cause tooth pain or sensitivity. You should consult your dentist before using prescription dental whitening products.” You can whiten your teeth with peroxide-containing bleaching agents or whitening toothpastes that rely on abrasive agents. A bleaching product contains peroxides that help remove deep and surface stains on your teeth, actually changing the natural tooth color.
A non-bleaching whitening product contains agents that work by physical (abrasion) or chemical action to remove only surface stains from your teeth. You should be aware that over-the-counter whiteners contain only up to 10 percent peroxide versus the prescription strength whiteners that contain 20 to 40 percent peroxide.”
When it comes to any type of tooth whitening, whether done at home or at the dentist, make sure you consult with your dentist beforehand to see whether tooth whitening is the right thing for your teeth and which method would be the most effective.