If you happen to gaze into the mirror and see a yellow smile reflecting back at you, you might be wondering if it’s time to whiten your teeth, but how do you whiten your teeth? This is a more common question than you might think. With so many different whitening products out there to try, which one is the right one for you? While we can’t tell you which one is the best, we can tell you the different effects of each of them and how effectively they work. From there you can determine which one is best for you. Sana Dental in Edmonton is always here to answer any questions you might have about teeth whitening or other dentistry related questions.

Why Should I Whiten My Teeth?

One of the top questions we receive at our dental office is why should I whiten my teeth? While there is no medical reason to whiten your teeth, the main reason is that people find whiter teeth to be more cosmetically appealing. Other than that, there is no real reason why you should whiten your teeth. Before you say it’s not for you, there are a few benefits to whitening your teeth that you might not have considered. To start, when you whiten your teeth and you find that they look beautiful, you will feel more inclined to take care of them. This means you will make an effort to brush and floss regularly as well as visit your dentist regularly.

Not only will you feel more obligated to keep your smile healthy, but you will find that you have a whole new level of self-confidence. Feeling confident in your smile will help you feel more confident in all areas of your life. Whether you want to go on more dates, get a promotion at work or just put yourself out there, a whiter smile might be the way to do it. Not only will you feel more confident in life, but when you take photos. A lot of people like to hide their smile in photos, but once you whiten your teeth, you will love nothing more than showing off your pearly whites.

Whitening Toothpaste

One of the ways that you can whiten your teeth is with a whitening toothpaste. There are several different brands out there that you can choose from. When choosing a whitening toothpaste, it’s important to choose one that has fluoride in it so that you can still protect your teeth from cavities. We do not recommend any activated charcoal whitening toothpaste, please see the last paragraph for further reasoning. Make sure that you don’t use whitening toothpaste for too long otherwise you might notice that your teeth become extra sensitive. If your teeth do begin to feel sensitive, try only using the whitening toothpaste a few days a week, or try a brand that is for sensitive teeth. While whitening toothpaste won’t provide you with a celebrity smile, they will help keep surface stains away. You can expect to see results after a few weeks of use.

Whitening Mouthwash

Another option for whitening your teeth is whitening mouthwash. Like whitening toothpaste, whitening mouthwash can address surface stains. Unfortunately, whitening mouthwash can be harsh on your gums so you should limit how often you use it so that your gums don’t become sensitive. If you want to gradually whiten your teeth and remove simple surface stains, whitening mouthwashes are a good option for you. If your teeth or gums become sensitive, try to use regular mouthwash a few days a week to give your mouth a break from the whitening ingredients.

Whitening Strips, Gels

Another over the counter product you can use to whiten your teeth are whitening strips and whitening gels. There are several different brands out there that you can use. We recommend using any brand that the ADA has signed off on. It’s important to not get any whitening solution on your gums when using these products because it can make your gums feel extra sensitive. If you use a whitening gel in a mouth tray or whitening strips, your results may not always look even. This is because the tray is not custom made to fit your mouth and the whitening strips don’t always stick well. Some whitening products may not even have an impact on your teeth. Please follow the directions on the over the counter whitening products so that you do not harm your teeth.

Professional In-Office Whitening

If you want guaranteed teeth whitening results in Edmonton, the only way you can be sure is if you visit Sana Dental in Edmonton for professional teeth whitening. We offer both in-office and take-home teeth whitening solutions. The in-office teeth whitening treatment we use is Laser White which consists of using a bleaching concentration on your teeth in combination with a dental laser to activate it for fast results. Our dentist will ensure that your whitening results are even and just the right shade for your smile.

Professional Take-Home Whitening

If you would prefer to whiten at home with a  professional product, our dentist can send you home with custom-made trays and professional bleaching solution. You can expect for your teeth to whiten up to 8 shades after completing your kit at home.

Whitening Products to Avoid

There are a few whitening products we suggest that you avoid. Any whitening product that scrapes your teeth like activated charcoal is not a good idea. This is because it will harm your enamel. If you’re unsure if a whitening product is safe, please give us a call before using. We don’t want you to experience a lifetime of damaged teeth from one choice.

Visit Sana Dental in Edmonton for Professional Teeth Whitening

If you want to ensure that you don’t damage your teeth and end up with beautiful results, you need professional teeth whitening. Visit our Edmonton teeth whitening dentist at Sana Dental today. Give us a call or fill out our online form to schedule your professional teeth whitening treatment.