As the holidays approach and social gatherings fill up the calendar, many people are looking to brighten their outfits with brighter smiles. The Connecticut State Dental Association (CSDA) today offered solutions for ways to safely get a bright, white smile.
“It’s important to consult your dentist with any concerns about your teeth, even something that seems as simple as tooth whitening,” said Dr. Gary Linker, CSDA President. “Tooth discoloration happens as people age and introduce different factors like food, drinks, tobacco products and medication.”
“While a bright white smile is nice to have, a healthy mouth is even better,” said Dr. Gary Linker. “Your dentist can help you find the best way to tackle your problem, and may even provide a simple solution like brushing twice daily with whitening toothpaste.”
For example, yellow teeth are more likely to bleach well, while brown teeth may not respond as well and teeth with gray tones may not bleach at all. Whitening will not work on caps, veneers, crowns or fillings. It also may not be effective if your tooth discoloration is caused by medications or a tooth injury.
“Dentists are the best resource for all oral health questions, big and small,” said Dr. Linker. “If you want a brighter smile, or have a question about your mouth, treat yourself during the holiday season with a trip to your dentist and ask them for their expert advice.