The food you eat everyday is also absorbed by the pores in your teeth and that is why wine, dark berries, coffee and smoking stain your teeth when you consume them regularly. The natural color of your teeth tends to become darker due to these stains that don’t go on their own unless they are removed with professional help. It is a myth that teeth whitening can damage your teeth as the entire procedure of teeth whitening works by absorbing into your teeth and gently pushing the stains out through the pores. Only things like aggressive brushing or abuse of any kind can be damaging to your teeth. Professional teeth whitening procedure is absolutely safe.

Here are five essential things you should know about teeth whitening.

1. Tooth sensitivity after the treatment is normal

There’s a possibility that your teeth and gums can act in response to the chemicals used, particularly if they are already sensitive. After the treatment, it is common for people to notice that their teeth and gums have become more sensitive, but this can be stopped by using toothpaste designed for sensitive teeth.

2. Not all teeth whiten the same way

It is important for us to understand that not all teeth will respond to the treatment in the exact same way. Most people who come for teeth whitening can achieve a beautifully white smile with professional bleaching methods. However, some may not be able to enjoy the benefits of whiter teeth depending on the severity of their condition and its underlying cause. Gum recession and cold sensitivity may also affect some. It is always important to consider consulting a professional before using an over-the-counter tooth whitening method.

3. Teeth whitening works only on “real” teeth

If you have crowns, bridges, fillings or veneers, these will not change in colour as the process only whitens real teeth. Sometimes after the treatment, your fillings are often matched with your new brighter smile.

4. Professional teeth whitening is the most effective

You get the results you want when you go to a professional and moreover it is the safest option. Trained dental practitioners do it only because it is safe. The dentist is trained to carefully control the application of the bleach based on the level of whiteness you seek.

5. Teeth whitening is not permanent

Teeth whitening is not once-in-a-lifetime solution and the brightness of the teeth needs to be maintained. The results can be maintained for as long as three years, but this can vary from person to person. It all depends on the kind of foods and beverages you have on a daily basis. If you are someone who smokes or loves to drink red wine, tea or coffee the time your teeth remain whiter will reduce.

The natural color of teeth of an individual is set at birth. The only thing a whitening product can do is remove all the stains that have become stubborn over time. Most of the time dentists do not inform something like this to their clients. Your teeth are susceptible to staining immediately after whitening because the pores are more open and can easily allow the stains in. Teeth Whitening is not an overnight process. It could take a couple of sittings and sometimes several months for the entire process to complete.

It’s easier to maintain the teeth once the stains are gone. Enhancing and brightening your smile not only boosts your confidence but also improves your oral health and general well-being.

Dr. Satish Pai – an Ivy League trained dentist and a faculty at Columbia University, believes that a perfect smile not only makes a person look great but feel great while boosting confidence. As the founder of Putnam Orthodontics, he is dedicated to not only creating perfect smiles for his patients but also educating people with his engaging articles about all things related to a perfect smile and oral health. Spending time with his family always brings a smile on his face. In his free time, you can find him golfing, doing yoga or surfing.

Source:  Putnam Orthodontics