Are You Guilty Of These 4 Teeth-Whitening Mistakes?

Teeth whitening in Basildon is certainly on the increase, judging by the number of enquiries we receive from people looking to brighten their smiles. However, there is such a thing as too much of a good thing, especially when it comes to your pearly whites, and in your quest for gleaming white teeth, then be warned, you could be putting your health and your teeth at risk. Are you guilty of the following 4 teeth whitening sins:

  1. Speaking to your dentist first – Sure we know that going to your Basildon dentist can be a drag especially if you’re considering teeth whitening. However, it’s important to know if you have tooth decay before embarking on a tooth whitening treatment. In the event that you have holes in your teeth then any bleaching products could leak into crevices and hit your nerves which can be incredibly painful and damaging to your teeth.
  1. Leaving whitening strips on for too long – There is actually a reason why teeth whitening strips come with a set of instructions for their usage, including details on how long to leave them in place. Using them for longer than the recommended time can increase tooth sensitivity and lead to unsightly blotches on your teeth. Keep an eye on the clock when using whitening strips and limit their usage to twice a year only.
  1. Going too far – When people take their teeth whitening to extreme by trying to get their ivories stark white, teeth tend to lose their natural luminosity and sheen. Instead of looking lovely they look chalky or have white splotches which makes them look really bad. As a rule of thumb the whiteness of your teeth should match that of your eyes.
  1. One size fits all – As individuals we all have different sized mouths and smiles which is why the one size fits all trays which are provided in over-the-counter teeth whitening kits, are a bad idea. Without a custom fit, there’s every chance that the bleaching fluid will leak out onto the gums, or other areas of the mouth, resulting in chemical burns.

If you’re considering teeth whitening in Basildon then why not speak to your dentist first. He can provide custom trays in kits which can be used at home, or if you’re in a hurry then why not opt for the Zoom power whitening treatment which is carried out at the clinic and only takes an hour from start to finish. If you insist on using one size fits all trays then under-fill them rather than over-fill, as in this case less is definitely best.

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