Avoid Excessive Teeth Whitening

Sometimes, you just can’t avoid teeth stains, especially the ones you already see developing. They can be caused by the food and beverages you consume, certain medications you take, or a host of other reasons, many of which don’t necessarily mean your teeth are in serious trouble. With professional and over-the-counter teeth whitening products, you can erase most surface stains and dramatically improve your smile’s appearance. However, as Dr. Nicholas Cain warns, too much of a good thing could prove more harmful than beneficial to your teeth.

Persistence Isn’t Always Good

The main appeal of over-the-counter whitening products, like whitening strips and brightening agents, is their convenience. Theoretically, you could brighten your smile’s visage whenever stains appear without having to visit your dentist. If stains don’t respond, then the convenience might tempt you to just keep trying, and repeated exposure to the chemical agents can destroy your tooth enamel, which protects your teeth from infectious bacteria. Before trying an OTC whitening solution, speak with Dr. Cain about recommended usage to make sure you don’t overdo it.

The Choices We Offer

Our dedication to providing highly-effective and convenient dental care, our teeth-whitening options combine the expediency of OTC whiteners with the strength of professional dentistry. Our popular take-home teeth whitening kit contains a set of custom-designed whitening trays that allow you to evenly apply the whitening gel to your teeth’s surfaces. Treatment usually lasts about 10-14 days, after which your smile can be up to 10 shades brighter than before. If you’re in a hurry, Dr. Cain may recommend in-office treatment, which offers the same magnificent results in just one hour-long visit to our office.

Preserve Your Bright Smile the Healthy Way

An added benefit of professional whitening is the direction we provide in how to maximize your results. We also help you understand the nature of your teeth stains, and the steps you can take to prevent them from forming in the future. For instance, the order in which you eat certain foods, especially those loaded with sugar, acid, and/or strongly-pigmented chromogens (color molecules) can determine your risk for noticeable staining. Improved hygiene and therapeutic mouthrinse can also improve your chances of protecting your smile’s pearly-white gleam.

About Your Gary, IN Dentist:

As a native of northwest Indiana, Nicholas Cain, DDS, is dedicated to providing excellent cosmetic, preventive, and restorative dentistry to the community that raised him. To schedule your family’s next dental appointment, call Healthy Smiles today at 219-938-2637.