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Teeth whitening or bleaching is one of the most affordable and least invasive ways of improving your smile. Although the effect fades with time, whitening can make dull and dingy teeth more attractive in short order.

Teeth whitening is also unique among cosmetic dental procedures in that you can do it yourself at home. While professional bleaching solutions are stronger and capable of greater brightness and longevity, you can still achieve good results with a DIY kit.

If you decide to whiten at home, though, there are a few things to keep mind for a desirable and safe outcome. Here are 3 tips for successful DIY teeth whitening.

Follow the directions. It's not a good idea, both for a successful and safe outcome, to stray away from a kit manufacturer's recommended directions. FDA-approved home kits usually contain 10% or less of carbamide peroxide (one of the more common bleaching agents). That may not seem very strong but it's adequate within the recommended time it remains on your teeth to achieve an effective whitening effect. Exceeding those directions could permanently damage your tooth enamel.

Make sure a home kit will work on your staining. Home whitening kits only affect outer staining on tooth enamel. But dental discoloration can also arise from inside a tooth, often because of trauma, tetracycline use, or as a side effect of a root canal treatment. This kind of internal staining requires a special procedure usually performed by an endodontist to reduce it. So, see your dentist first to make sure your teeth are healthy enough for whitening and that a home kit will work for you.

Get your dentist's advice on home kits. There are a number of whitening applications on the market you can choose, so ask your dentist for recommendations. They can also give you some helpful tips on the whitening process to ensure you'll be safe and successful in your efforts.

Here's a couple of other things to remember to enhance your teeth whitening experience: whether you whiten your teeth at home or with the dentist, be sure you continue to care for your teeth with daily brushing and flossing. And, if you limit your consumption of foods and beverages known to stain teeth, you'll help extend the duration of your brighter smile.

If you would like more information on teeth whitening procedures, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Tooth Whitening Safety Tips.”

By Robert L. Wyler DDS, SC
November 10, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures

Learn why teeth whitening is the most popular cosmetic dental procedure worldwide.

If you've thought about whitening your teeth, you'd be joining the people who make America the number one country in the world for teeth whiteningteeth whitening procedures. This affordable cosmetic dental treatment makes a great impression on those who see you smile and the results from whitening treatments performed at Dr. Robert Wyler's dental office in Waukesha, Wisconsin, are unmatched. You can learn more about in-office teeth whitening in this blog post.

How does teeth whitening work?

Most whitening products, including those you can find over the counter or online, use peroxide-based ingredients that introduce oxygen to the tiny crevices in the enamel of the teeth. This oxygenation process breaks apart the molecules of the stains that have built up inside the crevices, making them easier to remove and eventually restoring your teeth to their natural whiteness.

Why is professional whitening preferred?

Although over the counter whitening products like strips and toothpaste contain the same ingredients your Waukesha dentist uses, the professional-grade treatments have a much higher concentration of peroxide, resulting in much faster and more significant results. It can take several months of diligent usage of store-bought whitening products before seeing a significant improvement in the color of your teeth. When you visit Dr. Wyler's Waukesha, Wisconsin, office for a whitening procedure, your results are immediately visible.

We may suggest follow-up treatments to help you maintain your new whitened smile, particularly if they have a coffee-drinking habit that can reintroduce staining agents to the teeth.

If you would like to learn more about professional teeth whitening, or any other cosmetic procedures we offer, we encourage you to contact Dr. Robert Wyler in Waukesha, Wisconsin, for a consultation. We look forward to helping you improve your smile and your self-confidence!