You’ll need a checkup first
Before you can get that Hollywood smile, it’s critical to have a dental exam to ensure that your mouth is healthy. “Dental problems such as cavities and gum disease need to be addressed before bleaching,” says Eric Klein, DDS, a dentist in Norwalk, Connecticut. Here’s why it’s so important: “Dentists often see people with a mouth full of cavities who want a whiter mouth before they have a healthy mouth,” says William Graves, DDS, a dentist based in Southwest Nebraska. “But if you don’t address these issues you will have pain and sensitivity when you try to bleach.” Don’t miss these 30 everyday mistakes you could be making that are damaging your teeth.
Slow and steady beats fast and furious
We’re all immediate gratification junkies, but bleaching your teeth several shades in one day with an in-office laser treatment may not be the most comfortable option. “Bleaching can cause sensitivity, and even sometimes pain in the teeth or mouth,” Dr. Graves says. Most dentists use a special fluoride desensitizing paste before performing whitening procedures to avoid increased sensitivity and discomfort, but some sensitivity following bleaching is considered normal. “That’s why sometimes slow and steady is better, however,” Dr. Graves adds, so you might want to skip the in-office treatment and go straight to the custom take-home trays. Try these toothache home remedies to ease the pain.