If you are a coffee drinker, a wine drinker or a smoker, you know what it's like: Little by little, your teeth lose their white shine and turn a distinct shade of brown. One day, you look in the mirror and sigh. How did your teeth ever get so yellow?
Fortunately, numerous forms of teeth whitening are now available. As a result of these advanced procedures, you can restore your teeth to a natural white luster. However, before you run off to the dentist or engage in any other sort of whitening procedure, you have to ask whether or not whitening will work for you.
When Whitening Procedures Are Likely To Work
First, always check with your Dentist before trying any sort of tooth whitening. This is needed because your teeth may be too sensitive to safely be whitened. Furthermore, you may have other tooth or gum problems that could be exacerbated by any whitening strip or procedure.
Here's the good news: Tooth whitening is typically able to address most forms of discoloration. Depending on the type of procedure, it may take repeated visits to see noticeable results. Eventually, you should be able to see a difference.
Unfortunately, most whitening strips and dental procedures may leave your teeth and gums feeling irritated and in pain. Furthermore, it's highly likely that these procedures will result in dietary restrictions immediately afterward, preventing you from eating or drinking colored foods like red wine, coffee or tea.
When It Won't Work
Teeth whitening should work in most cases, but there are unquestionably times where one whitening strip simply won't do the trick. Whitening procedures simply won't work under the following conditions:
- If the strips you purchase don't have enough of a concentration of the chemical agent necessary to do the job.
- If the strips aren't left on for a long enough period of time.
- If the damage to your teeth is too great and your teeth are severely discolored. Under this scenario, repeated visits to the dentist may be necessary in order to get your teeth looking the color you want.
- If you use an at-home whitening strip and ignore their instructions not to eat or drink substances which can stain your teeth immediately afterward.