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What is Too White When it Comes to White Teeth?

January 7, 2015
Posted By: Dr. Russell D. Mann
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More than 100 million Americans whiten their teeth with strips, trays, or in-office procedures. Teeth whitening is the most popular form of cosmetic dentistry out there, and with good reason. We associate white teeth with good health, youth, and beauty, and the confidence feel when we know our teeth look good can transcend into all areas of life.

But is it possible to go too far with tooth whitening? What is too white when it comes to white teeth?

Keep it Natural Looking

As tooth whitening becomes more and more popular, you may have noticed someone’s teeth that are so white they look unnatural. Instead of pearly whites, people are ending up with chalky whites. A good rule of thumb to use when whitening your teeth is to match the color with the whites of your eyes. The goal is to make that healthy and beautiful smile look effortless and not fake.

Listen to Your Teeth

While tooth sensitivity is a normal side effect of whitening procedures, you should know that the pain should be manageable and short lived. If you are in a lot of pain or the pain has prolonged for a few weeks, you should call your dentist and consult with them.

Follow the Instructions

You should always follow the recommended instructions when it comes to whitening. If your dentist tells you to only do one treatment a year, that’s how many you should do. If the instructions on your whitening strips box say to only leave the strips on for a few hours, don’t overdo it to try to accelerate the results.

Make Sure the Product is ADA or FDA Approved

The American Dental Association evaluates dental products to make sure they are safe and effective. Before you use a product prescribed to you, make sure it has their seal of approval. Products without this seal could harm your teeth or just not work. Whitening toothpaste and strips are regulated by the FDA and are proven to not be harmful before they are available for purchase.

Take Tooth Whitening Seriously

Although tooth whitening is very common, it is still a chemical procedure and there can be complications and tooth damage in rare cases. Make sure you do your research and consult with your Manchester, NH dentist if you have any questions.

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