You’ll need a checkup first
Before you can get that Hollywood smile, it’s critical to have a dental exam to ensure that your mouth is healthy. “Dental problems such as cavities and gum disease need to be addressed before bleaching,” says Eric Klein, a dentist in Norwalk, CT. Here’s why it’s so important: “Teeth whitening that is peroxide-based is meant to whiten the enamel layer, not the structure inside the tooth near the nerve,” says Jennifer Jablow, a cosmetic dentist in New York City. “If the enamel is not intact, because of cavities or other damage, the whitening gel can leach into the nerves tissue and cause irreversible damage.” Don’t miss these 30 everyday mistakes you could be making that are damaging your teeth.
Slow and steady beats fast and furious
We’re all immediate gratification junkies, but bleaching your teeth several shades in one day with an in-office laser treatment may not always be the best option. “The pros of LED-based in-office whitening treatments are that patients can their teeth significantly whiter in a short amount of time,” says Jablow. “But those treatments can also cause sensitivity, you still have to maintain the results at home and they are too strong to do more than once a year.”