Nothing says summer like glowing skin and a brilliant smile. While a chill may haunt the air – in certain parts of the world – summer is just minutes away. Dr. Maryam Adibfar has tips on how to get your teeth their whitest. Dr. Adibfar is the spokesperson for Crest.
DD: How often can you safely whiten your teeth?
Dr. A: If you have undergone a full whitening regime (i.e. 7-14 days) you can touch up every few months for a day or two, as long as your teeth are healthy and you visit your dentist regularly for check-ups. I recommend Crest Whitestrips Daily Multicare, the newest addition to the Crest Whitestrips family. Crest Whitestrips Daily Multicare was specially formulated to help transform your smile in only five minutes a day. With this shortened exposure time, the strips can be worn everyday. However, before starting a second consecutive at-home whitening regimen, I recommend you consult your dentist.
DD: Do whitening toothpastes really work?
Dr. A: Whitening toothpastes are proven to be highly effected when used twice daily for two-minute brushings. I recommend Crest Vivid White which has polishing ingredients and a stain removing/protective coating ingredient.Crest Vivid White whitens by polishing away surface stains, lifting away hard-to-reach stains and helping protect teeth from new stains.
DD: Will whitening toothpastes and strips make my gums sensitive?
Dr. A: In my experience, some people may experience slight sensitivity when using whitening products. This is temporary and not harmful.
DD: Will whitening products work on naturally yellow teeth?
Dr. A: At-home whitening products have proven highly effective on naturally yellow teeth, but will not whiten caps, crowns, veneers, fillings or dentures. If you’ve had these types of dental work, consult your dentist before attempting to use at at-home whitening products.
DD: Are whitening products safe used over time, for example five years?
Dr. A: Yes, as long as teeth are healthy and cavity-free. There is no exact time period that you should wait between bleaching but before starting a second consecutive at-home whitening regimen, I always recommend you consult your dentist.
DD: Can I combine at-home whitening with professional whitening for reduced cost maintenance?
Dr. A: Absolutely. At home whitening products such as Crest Whitestrips Daily Multicare work wonders on maintaining the effects of professional whitening or can be used to begin a whitening regime. Since the rate of whitening is higher than the rate of everyday stain build up, stains do not have time to accumulate when using Crest Whitestrips Daily Multicare.
DD: If I use teeth whitening products every day, can I drink red wine and coffee without worry?
Dr. A: I would limit consumption of coffee, tea, red wine and other pigmented beverages while bleaching.
DD: Do diet cola and green tea stain teeth as coffee does?
Dr. A: Any pigmented beverage will stain your teeth if you drink them regularly and hardly brush. Sugar-in drinks helps make the colour stick to your teeth and over time, the colour will start to embed itself in your teeth. Remember to brush and floss twice daily and if you drink stain-prone beverages, use whitening toothpaste to help keep teeth white between visits to your dentist.
If you have any questions about which tooth whitening product is right for you, contact me directly or drop by our Davisville dentist office. We’d love to chat with you!