White teeth are the reasons behind a perfect smile. It is also the reason why millions of people are flocking the dentists' offices every year. On the other hand, decayed and discolored teeth are the reason why you may not want to smile around your friends, or during your first date. In fact, a study by the Australian Dental Association reveals that 83% of Australians consider tooth decay and bad breath as a major turn-off on their first dates. This, however, does not imply that you should hurriedly whiten your teeth before your first date.
Teeth whitening is not for everyone. Those who carry out teeth whitening at home in particular may end up destroying their teeth if they lack professional guidance. The process might be impossible if any of the following conditions are met:
1.You Are Allergic to Peroxide
Teeth whitening may not go well if you are allergic to peroxide - the chemical found in the whitening agent. It does not mean that your teeth won't whiten, but it will be at the expense of your health. You should stop the process if you are able to observe blisters on your lips. At this point, you should consult a dentist. But if you are in possession of liquid vitamin E, apply the liquid on the blisters until they fade away.
2. You Have Tooth-Colored Fillings Placed In Your Front Teeth
If you use tooth-colored fillings for dental restoration, then whitening may not be a good idea. These materials do not whiten, and hence, the end result might be uneven whitening; teeth without restoration may appear lighter than teeth that have restorations. Whiten your teeth first before placing any restoration on them.
3. You Have Cavities In Your Teeth
You should not try teeth whitening if you have cavities in your teeth. It is better to treat the cavities first before whitening is done. This is because whitening solutions may penetrate into existing decays and deeper areas of the tooth, and cause an excruciating pain.
But what if you are already experiencing an increased sensitivity after carrying out teeth whitening on teeth that have cavities? If this is the case you need not to fret because there is a way out. What you should do is stop whitening your teeth for about three days so as to allow them to adjust to the process. As you do so, only use a toothpaste that is made for sensitive teeth; these toothpastes are characterized by a high content of potassium nitrate, which aids in soothing the nerve endings of the teeth.