There are a lot of misconceptions and misunderstandings around teeth whitening.
Teeth whitening is a HOT Trend in our world today and there is always someone talking about it wherever you go!
As a dental professional, a dental hygienist, AKA: “Preventive Care Specialist” and “Patient Advocate,” let me demystify the myths I near many people say about teeth whitening.
Allow me to put on my dental hygienist hat and tell you the facts.
Does Teeth Whitening Cause Sensitivity?
Most people I speak to tell me they used a DIY teeth whitening product and it did cause sensitivity.
Ingredients are a key factor in whitening safety and doing this without creating tooth sensitivity.
The Celebrity Smiles Club ingredients have not only been used in dental offices for many years but our ingredients do block sensitivity in your teeth.
One of the main ingredients we use is Potassium Nitrate Fluoride. You may find this same ingredient in some sensitivity toothpastes with this ingredient.
If you use the Celebrity Smiles mouthpiece with COOL LIGHT Technology the red LED light helps to soothe and comfort. The whitening serum includes Potassium Nitrate which blocks the microscopic tubules inside your teeth which can be the cause of tooth sensitivity as your whiten.
- Is Teeth Whitening Dangerous?
No. The American Dental Association recommends that you get a dental exam prior to using teeth whitening.
Teeth whitening works best on healthy, clean teeth. This is also why we recommend you brush for two minutes before you use your Celebrity Smiles teeth whitening serum.
Remember that the Celebrity Smiles teeth whitening serum is not only has USA FDA certification but we manufacture the serum in a safe and sterile environment.
Our employees in the lab where the gel is manufactured, are wearing masks, surgical caps, gloves and gowns plus the facility is kept at a cool temperature (Below 75F degrees and above freezing) to stabile the ingredients and preserve the integrity.
- Is Teeth Whitening Safe for Teeth with Restorations, Crowns, Veneers, or Implants?
Is teeth whitening safe for use on dental restorations, implants, veneers or crowns?”
Yes, it is.
When using the Celebrity Smiles whitening serum you will not cause damage to any dental restorations. This includes existing fillings, bonding’s, bridges, veneers, implants and crowns.
Please do keep in mind that whitening your teeth may make them whiter colors then other bonded or any current restorations. You cannot whiten a filling or crown or other restoration; it will remain the same color and only change if you change the restoration to a new one.
One point to note is that old teeth bonding’s that are discolored should be examined by a dentist because bacteria can sneak in and around the edges of your bonding material and even around crowns which means a cavity can begin and this restoration does need to be replace.
- Does it Harm Enamel of Your Teeth?
No. There has been no evidence that the enamel of the tooth is harmed. It does not make the teeth any softer nor does it change the surface of the tooth.
You can feel confident when you use the Celebrity Smiles ingredients because this is the exact same formula thousands of dental offices are using. Plus, we include the special (Potassium Nitrate) fluoride to block and prevent tooth sensitivity!
- Is Teeth Whitening Bad for Your Teeth in the Long Term?
Most DIY teeth whitening is not going to be harmful to your enamel but is constant teeth whitening bad for your teeth?
They say “moderation is key” to most activities and it’s the same with whitening your teeth. In the beginning, when you 1st whiten your teeth, it’s important to block your schedule to consecutively whiten each day
Using the Celebrity Smiles teeth whitening products takes about 15 minutes a day for the first 21-30 days when you begin the teeth whitening process.
Once your teeth are the white shade you feel comfortable with, you can determine when you will do touch-up whitening sessions.
Personally, I use a little Celebrity Smiles serum with my wireless LED light about 10 minutes once a week. This gives me the best result for my teeth.
And I will be a little boastful here because it feels so good to hear people comment about how white and bright my teeth are every time I do just a 10-minute weekly touch-up session.
Most people feel good when they receive compliments and this is one way to get a compliment.
Remember, moderation is key and teeth whitening will be safe for your teeth.
- Is Teeth Whitening Expensive?
Many years ago if you wanted to have whiter teeth you went to your dentist, paid over $200 + and you sat under a special light for an hour.
Fast forward to the twenty-first century and dentists started to provide the take-home whitening trays.
In recent years the USA FDA approved teeth whitening to be sold over the counter so consumers now have DIY teeth whitening available for less money.
It’s also important to understand why your teeth are yellow, brown, gray, etc. Address the problem. If your stains are from tobacco, coffee, tea, wine, berries or dark sauces (think salsa, tomato sauces, etc.), you can keep them white with DYI teeth whitening products.
Personally, to keep down coffee stains (God knows I LOVE my coffee) I will usually drink it through a straw but that doesn’t put a huge halt to my teeth staining. I still recommend you touch-up your white teeth every week.
If you use tobacco do consider a tobacco cessation program which every US state has and your medical or dental provider can help you with this.
If you are taking certain medications, have stains from previous mediations or chemotherapy drugs, you want to whiten your teeth. Also speak to your dentist about specific, older restorations that will also permanently change the shade of your teeth to be whiter.
When you have restorative dentistry completed on your front teeth the best time to whiten is before you update the old dental restorations.
After you're happy with your teeth whitening results, you dentist will match the new restoration with your white teeth!
- Does Whitening Toothpaste work?
Whitening toothpaste does not whiten teeth, however it does help to keep stains and plaque build-up under control.
It does not contain any ingredients that will whiten your teeth slightly and it's very temporary. We do recommend patients use a whitening toothpaste after whitening their teeth to best maintain their best whiter shade in their teeth.
Your Final Decision to Whiten Your Teeth
Now that I have answered a lot of the questions I get about teeth whitening I hope you are ready to make a wise decision.
Once you have whiter teeth, they will not stay that way without routine maintenance.
We currently have a 3-Pack Refill of whitening wands so you can be armed to keep your teeth white for a lifetime.
Each whitening wand should last about 7-10 touch-up sessions.
If it's been a year or more since the last time you whitened your teeth, today is the perfect day to get started with the Celebrity Smiles Wireless Whitening Kit!
Remember, a little serum on your teeth goes a long way!
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