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Thinking About a Whiter Smile? A Few Things to Consider

woman sitting by the beachAt Premier Dental Group HI we offer professional teeth whitening services to help you look and feel your best. No matter which form of teeth whitening you are interested in, we encourage our patients to ask questions and be informed. For your convenience, here are a few answers to common patient concerns.

Does Teeth Whitening Remove Tartar?

No, teeth whitening does not remove tartar. So it is important to talk with your dentist and schedule regular cleanings to remove plaque and tartar buildup in order to keep your teeth and gums healthy. In addition to flossing on a regular basis, you may also want to invest in a tartar control toothpaste.

Expiration Dates

Believe it or not – many over the counter take-home teeth whitening kits and strips expire after a certain period of time. While it is typically safe to use them after their listed expiration date, it is not suggested for achieving optimal results. The older the kits or strips, the weaker their ingredients. For the best, most obvious affects, however – try to use your teeth whitening products while they are at their strongest.

Eating After Your Whitening

You can eat after your professional teeth whitening procedure but be safe and by avoid consuming any food or drink that has the potential to stain your teeth and reverse noticeable progress. Usually, normal diets can be resumed between 48 and 72 hours after an in-office whitening session.

The Best Way to Brighten Your Smile

Everyone has different dental needs. When considering ways to whiten your teeth, do not be ashamed to ask your dental team about what might work best for you. As professionals they are invested in your long-term dental health and have the latest technology and information at their fingertips.

Can You Whiten Your Teeth While Pregnant or Breastfeeding?

Although it is recommended to wait until you are no longer pregnant or breastfeeding to use over the counter teeth whitening products, there are many non-toxic brands that claim they are safe. Rather than use harmful chemicals as their active ingredients, a few companies are insistent upon natural compounds that are safe for your baby.

Before using any over the counter teeth whitening product while pregnant or breastfeeding, ask your dentist. Premier Dental Group HI is happy to answer any questions you might have regarding pregnancy and breastfeeding-safe teeth whitening options. Contact us today!

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