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SO, YOU WANT TO whiten your teeth. You’re not alone! In fact, when the American Association of Orthodontics asked what people would most like to improve about their smile, the most common response was whiter and straighter teeth.
At Gutierrez Orthodontics we have Several Teeth Whitening Options
With so many teeth whitening products on the market, you may be left scratching your head as to which one you should choose. As with any type of treatment, it’s important to know all the facts so you can make the best choice for you and your unique smile! Some of the most common teeth whitening options are:
You should always consult with your orthodontist or dentist before deciding to whiten, as this cosmetic procedure isn’t for everyone. There are also many benefits to whitening with your orthodontist!
For example, if you’re considering a tray-based tooth whitener, seeing your ortodontist is definitely your best option. Your orthodontist will take a 3D scan of your teeth so that your mouthpiece tray is customized exactly to fit your teeth. This will ensure maximum contact between your teeth and the whitening solution as well as protect your gums.
If you choose in-office whitening, your orthodontist will provide additional protection for your gums and the soft tissue of your mouth so that no irritation from the whitening solution occurs. To do this, your orthodontist will apply a gel to the gum tissue or use a rubber shield.
With over-the-counter products, you’re on your own. Your dentist, however, will check your mouth, the type and extent of stains on your teeth, the number of dental restorations you have and consider your medical history to decide which whitening option is best for your specific smile. They will oversee the process and results of the treatment to ensure the treatment’s safety and efficacy.
Teeth whitening is a big trend among teenagers. Parents should always supervise their teenagers’ use of whitening products as overuse or failure to follow directions can damage tooth enamel or irritate gums. Be sure to consult with your dentist or orthodontist before allowing your teenager to whiten to make sure they are at an appropriate age and stage of dental development for whitening.
Still curious about how whitening works? Check out the video below to learn more!
What truly keeps teeth bright, white and healthy is daily brushing and flossing. But if you feel like your smile is lacking some sparkle or has yellowed over the years, give Gutierrez Orthodontics a call or come in to see us to schedule a complementary consultation! We’d be happy to help you brighten up that beautiful smile of yours.
At Gutierrez Orthodontics we love our patients!
The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.
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