Many people wish to have that “Movie Star” smile with bright white teeth. To get that perfect smile many people will purchase teeth whitening kits to use at home. Teeth whitening products use a chemical that in effect bleaches the outer layer of the teeth. Teeth that are yellow in color tend to respond best to this type of treatment. Teeth that are brownish in color or those that have been stained by long term use of tobacco, caffeine, wine or by the use of certain medications may not respond as well.
If used correctly, teeth whitening can be effective for many people. There are however risk s involved if the products are not used properly. Risks can include teeth sensitivity and damage to the roots of the teeth. Excessive teeth whitening can lead to the edges of your teeth becoming permanently bluish and translucent.
It is strongly advised that anyone considering whitening their teeth consult with a dentist first. It is also advisable to have your teeth professionally cleaned prior to home whitening which may remove some of the material that is staining the teeth.
If you would like to schedule an appointment with a dentist at Jamaica Hospital’s Dental Center, please call 718-206-6982.
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