Getting a smile just like their favorite singer or movie star might be high on your teen’s priority list. However, you may want to talk with your dentist before buying an at-home tooth-whitening product.
As with any cosmetic dentistry procedure, teeth whitening should be overseen by a professional. There are a number of variables that can affect the results such as an existing crown or teeth that have not yet erupted. Some medical conditions can cause teeth to darken. Your dentist can identify if tooth stains are a symptom of an underlying condition.
It’s always a good idea to stress prevention over treatments, especially with kids. Make sure your young adult is practicing careful dental health habits. Make sure they understand that coffee, tea, cola, and energy drinks can stain their teeth.
And if they need another reason not to smoke, remind them that tobacco products will destroy their beautiful smile along with their lungs. Lastly, warn them of the risks of oral piercings which include tooth damage and infection.
If you or any member of your family decides to use an over-the-counter teeth whitener, be sure to follow the instructions exactly as the bleaching agents used can damage your mouth and gums.
At Dental Designs of Owensboro our passion is helping each patient achieve and maintain a healthy, attractive smile, regardless of their age. We offer the following services:
- sedation dentistry
- family dentistry
- dental crowns