Is Teeth-Whitening Right for Me?

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At some point, you may decide that it is time to whiten your teeth. There are many reasons why the color of your teeth changes. The things you eat and drink, like coffee, tea, and red wine can stain teeth. Some medications can cause your teeth to darken. If you’ve had an injury to your mouth, the trauma may cause your teeth to change color. And of course, your teeth turn yellow as you get older. There is no shortage of oils and other commercial products that are designed to whiten your teeth, but teeth-whitening may not be for you. And before you begin doing anything to your teeth, you should contact Lakeland Dental Care at 601-981-8166. Dr. Alex Abernathy will be able to advice you as to the best way to whiten your teeth, or even if it is something you should consider.

Besides natural remedies that advertise tooth-whitening, there are toothpastes on the market that can remove stains on teeth. These may use abrasives, or chemicals that can polish the surface of your teeth. Many people try bleaching their teeth at home using a gel that contains peroxide or a whitening strip that is placed over the teeth. Dentists can perform chair-side bleaching. In that process, the dentist places a gel or shield over your gums before applying bleach to your teeth. Some side effects from the process may be tooth sensitivity or damaged tooth enamel or gums.

It’s important to know that whitening does not work on all teeth. The color of your teeth, your dental work and your oral health are all important factors to consider before starting a bleaching procedure.  That’s why it is so important for you to make an appointment to talk with us at Lakeland Dental Care.

The best way to keep your smile bright it to brush two times a day and floss at least once a day, limiting foods and drinks that can stain your teeth, avoiding tobacco, and seeing us regularly at Lakeland Dental Care in Jackson, Mississippi.  If you are interested in teeth-whitening, give us a call at 601-981-8166.