How Our Novi Teeth Whitening Affects Your Smile
When it comes to having a beautiful smile, many people are now turning to whitening treatments. A common choice is over-the-counter whitening strips, but are these doing more damage to your teeth than good? Let’s take a look.
It’s proven that whitening strips, which contain less than 10% carbamide peroxide, have shown no signs of damaging the teeth as long as they are used according to the directions. Using products that contain hydrogen peroxide without the guidance of our dental professional, Dr. Tariq, could lead to damage to your tooth enamel.
Damage to the Surface of Your Teeth
While there is no concrete evidence of damage, there are some instructions that should be addressed when it comes to Novi teeth whitening:
• Always use common sense when using whitening products
• Do not apply products for longer than intended
• Verify with Dr. Tariq that the product is safe for use at home
• Start with a dental exam to determine if your teeth can handle whitening
If your lifestyle doesn’t encourage healthy teeth, whitening strips may not help. Smoking and drinking are two habits that leave your teeth stained and unsightly. In addition, if you eat unhealthy foods containing dyes and acids, you're also at risk for having yellow teeth.
Your best bet is to start by changing your lifestyle to encourage a more beautiful smile naturally. Whitening strips were designed for maintenance of the teeth and not necessarily a treatment.
Make sure you are practicing good oral hygiene each day to bring out your best smile. Brush, floss and visit our Novi dentist regularly. If you decide to purchase an over-the-counter product, double check with Dr. Tariq to ensure the quality of the option. It also helps if the ADA has approved the product. The Crest 3D White Whitestrips Glamorous White was the first product that earned an ADA Seal for a safe bleaching product.
Your safest option is to consult with Dr. Tariq about in-office treatments. They work faster than store bought strips do and they're regulated by a professional. Make an appointment today with Dr. Tariq to discuss the Novi teeth whitening options available to you. Smile Innovations can be reached at (248) 624-2701. We look forward to hearing from you!