We all aspire to that bright and white smile, and the shelves of Scottsdale, Az., supermarkets and drug stores are just filled with so many DIY teeth whitening kits that it’s no longer funny. With all the encouragement that you get from media and overly stocked shelves, it’s so much easier for us to make the decision to whiten our teeth. Even so, these teeth whitening products are filled with a concoction of chemicals which are abrasive in nature, and could endanger our teeth, if used inappropriately.

1. Ask your dentist about the procedure first

Before you do anything drastic, make sure that you ask Dr. Fleming if you’re all clear to have your teeth whitened. As mentioned, these formulations contain a lot of chemicals and if you have any existing cavities, these chemicals could get into the sensitive pulp layer of your teeth and cause extreme pain. Dr. Fleming will fill these cavities prior to giving you the go ahead. At the same time, he will check the status of your gums and resolve any kind of inflammation before allowing you to proceed with the whitening procedure.

2. Look at the whitening products’ formulations

Basically, all teeth whitening products contain the same active ingredient, peroxide. The only thing that differs from one product to another, which also determines how fast you’ll see the results, is the concentration of the peroxide. Most over-the-counter teeth whitening kits will contain peroxide levels from 10 to 20 percent. Dr. Fleming suggests that his Scottsdale, Az., patients pick out products with a mid-range amount of bleaching agent. Of course, this will vary depending on the patients tolerance.

3. Follow the instructions

All teeth whitening kits that are available in Scottsdale, Az., will come with instructions for application of the whitening gel and tell you how long to leave it on the teeth before rinsing it out of your mouth. This is done so that the chemical only whitens the teeth and does not do any damage. The nature of peroxides is that they are slightly caustic and if they are left on your teeth for a too long, it’s very possible for the enamel of your teeth to be harmed.

4. Know when to stop

Most whitening kits can only whiten your teeth to their natural state. While everyone’s teeth come in fairly white, the degree of whiteness differs from one person to another. This means that if your natural teeth are a duller white underneath any staining that has occured, that’s the maximum whiteness you can expect to achieve with any whitening procedure.

Visit your dentist in Scottsdale AZ, Dr. Mark Fleming.

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