Consult your dentist before whitening

Tooth whitening has become a common practice in America – many people turn to in-office or at-home whitening products to erase years of food and drink stains. But how do you know which whitening method to use? According to the American Dental Association, the best way to select a whitener is to speak with your dentist. Dentists, such as one on your True Care Advantage dental plan, can advise you on the best treatments for your individual situation. Depending on the coloring of your teeth, whiteners may or may not be effective. For instance, although people with yellow-colored teeth often benefit from whitening their teeth, those with grayish or brown teeth may not experience the same success.

Along the same lines, people who have had tooth-colored fillings or bonding on their front teeth will likely not get favorable results from bleach treatments. In those cases, a dentist can help you figure out an alternative treatment, such as veneers. If you and your dentist decide that whitening is a good choice for you, be sure to pay attention to any side effects from the treatment. Sensitivity or irritation in your teeth and gums is fairly common and should be discussed with your dentist. Although tooth whiteners can be a great option for brightening your smile, it is important to consult a professional to make sure your teeth stay not only white, but healthy, too.

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