If you lived through the 90’s, then you’ve likely seen your fair share of FRIENDS episodes and may recall the one where Ross gets his teeth whitened so much that they glow in the dark. And although Dr. Steven Holbrook can try his hardest to get your teeth to glow in the dark, it luckily likely won’t happen. If you have been wanting to get your teeth professionally whitened without having to look like Ross in the process, then this article is for you. From tooth sensitivity to upkeep, this article will discuss three things you may not know about teeth whitening.
- It May Make Your Teeth Sensitive
Tooth sensitivity can be a real pain in the mouth; especially when you’re trying to enjoy a bowl of ice cream. One common side effect of any type of teeth whitening is an increase in tooth sensitivity. Normally, this should subside fairly quickly, but you can also use an anti-sensitivity toothpaste like Sensodyne to help alleviate the pain and irritation.
- It’s Not For Everyone
You have stained, discolored teeth so you can get them whitened, right? It just depends on the cause of your stains. For instance, if your teeth are stained a greyish color because you were given medication like tetracycline when you were little, teeth whitening won’t work. If, however, your teeth are only discolored because of food and other factors, then we usually can.
- It Requires Upkeep
Even though one really good in-office whitening session is going to get your teeth whiter faster than at-home treatments, they will still require a little bit of upkeep— especially if you’re a coffee, black tea, or red wine drinker. Depending on how well your teeth take to whitening and your lifestyle choices, we will be able to determine just how often you should have your teeth whitened.