Many of you have probably considered teeth whitening treatment. There are numerous over the counter products for teeth whitening, but many of these can cause more harm than good in the long run. For example, most whitening toothpastes contain abrasives that can damage your teeth by rubbing your natural tooth enamel away. A better choice is to see a professional in the Glenview, Illinois area like Dr. Sean Cullinan who can safely whiten your teeth and keep you aware of options for keeping your teeth white as long as possible. Your smile is an investment, and products like whitening strips and toothpaste don't whiten and protect your teeth the way a dentist can.
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Before considering a teeth whitening procedure, you should have Dr. Cullinan conduct a thorough examination to determine the health of your teeth. If you have any cavities, they will need to be filled before whitening your teeth to prevent negative complications. At this step, Dr. Cullinan will also determine if you are extra sensitive to the whitening material. Bear in mind that not all teeth can be whitened, and the minimum age for a whitening procedure is 10 years old.
Things you should know:
- Procedure: Once Dr. Cullinan determines it is safe to proceed with whitening your teeth, he'll first apply a protective solution to your gums. After that he'll put the whitening gel on your teeth. Depending on the condition of your teeth, the gel will stay on from anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour. Typically, you'll need to make several visits to complete the whitening of your teeth.
- Side Effects: You might experience sensitivity in your teeth after a whitening procedure. It's a good idea to avoid hot or cold foods right after you have your teeth whitened.
- Care: As you continue to see Dr. Cullinan for additional teeth whitening sessions, avoid foods that can cause stains such as red wine or dark sauces like soy sauce. If you smoke, this is a great time to quit!
Remember, while you may be tempted to use over the counter products, products like whitening strips and toothpaste can never deliver the long-lasting white teeth available from a professional.
If you live in or are visiting the Glenview area of Illinois, contact Dr. Sean Cullinan at Glenview Family Dental for a consultation on your new, whiter smile.