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 It’s Never too Late to Straighten Your Smile

Braces as an adult? No way. At least, that was what I thought when my dentist told me that I was going to have to see an orthodontist about my crooked teeth. But my teeth were so misaligned that they were causing me pain when I chewed, so I decided to at least look into it. Turns out braces today are nothing like the ones my friends had when I was a kid. Mine were practically invisible, and I didn't need to wear them that long. I started this blog to encourage other people like me who are nervous about the prospect of wearing braces as an adult. My straight smile is so worth the trips to the orthodontist, and wearing braces was nowhere near as bad as I thought. Read on to find out more about how you can straighten your smile.

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It’s Never too Late to Straighten Your Smile

Why You Should Get Your Teeth Whitening Supplies From The Dentist

by Jacqueline Byrd

If you wish to whiten your teeth, you can get your teeth whitening supplies and materials from the dentist or buy them over the counter. However, getting your supplies from the dentist has several advantages over using OTC products, such as:

You Benefit From Pretreatment Evaluation

Teeth whitening is usually a straightforward affair, but there are a few things that may complicate the process. For example, not all stains can be handled by peroxide bleaching; it only works for extrinsic (on the surface) stains and not intrinsic (under the surface) stains. Also, the bleaching agent will not work on your existing restorations. If you have some, you may need a replacement after the bleaching. A dentist will evaluate all these issues, and more, for you before giving you the whitening supplies. That way you can better prepare for all eventualities.

You Get Custom Made Whitening Trays

When you buy over the counter whitening supplies, the trays you will get are designed to be used by anybody. Unfortunately, your teeth don't look like anybody else's teeth; they are unique. This means the generic whitening trays may not fit you as well as they should, which can lead to the following complications:

  • The bleaching gel may not get into contact with the entire surface of your teeth; this causes spotty whitening
  • The general trays may bruise and irritate your gums
  • You may require longer treatment times; this increases the risk of teeth sensitivity

You Are Guaranteed Good Quality Gel

The active ingredient in teeth whitening material is peroxide. The concentration of the peroxide in the bleaching gel needs to be exactly right so that it does its job without over whitening your teeth or leaving you with heightened sensitivity. Unfortunately, some OTC bleaching gels are not that precisely manufactured; some of them have high levels of peroxide. Fortunately, the bleaching gel you will get from your dentist will be of the right quality.

The Dentist Can Give You Post Treatment Pointers

Lastly, involving a dentist in the process will also help you with the evaluation of the result after the whitening treatment. The dentist will advise you whether to proceed with the treatment or how to deal with any post-treatment complication. For example, the dentist may help you deal with the side effects such as throat or gum irritation.

Note that dental bleaching is not the only method of whitening discolored teeth. Consulting a dentist first may expose you to other smile enhancing techniques.