One of the first things you notice about someone is their smile, and a beautiful smile makes a great first impression. If you’re like most people, you wish your teeth were a few shades whiter, but you also enjoy your daily cup of coffee or a glass of wine after a long day at work. The good news is, you can have both!
At Mer Bleue Dental Centre, we offer home teeth whitening kits for our patients, so you can get that beautiful white smile from the comfort of your own couch. Stop by our cosmetic dental office in Orléans to pick up a teeth whitening kit, or scroll down to learn how to apply the teeth whitening gel safely without your dentist’s supervision.
Invest In A Quality Teeth Whitening Kit
There are lots of teeth whitening products on the market today, many of which you can order online or pick up at a drugstore for fairly cheap. However, not all teeth whitening kits are equal — the ones you get from your cosmetic dentist typically work much better than store bought teeth whitening strips and mystery teeth whitening gels. If you have your heart set on whitening your teeth several shades, our dentists highly recommend asking your dentist what teeth whitening method they recommend. Odds are they’ll offer an in-clinic teeth whitening service or provide you with a professional-grade teeth whitening kit that will guarantee noticeable results.
Read The Instructions
Once you have your teeth whitening kit, you’ll need to follow the instructions in order to apply the whitening gel effectively. Most home teeth whitening kits come with a plastic mold that you’ll dip in hot water to soften before biting down on it, creating an impression of your teeth. Then, you’ll apply a small amount of teeth whitening gel to the inside of the mold, carefully inserting it into your mouth so that the gel only gets on your teeth, not your gums. The treatment duration varies from product to product, so make sure you don’t keep the teeth whitening gel on for too long.
Pay Attention To Your Mouth
Teeth whitening gel is known to cause gum irritation if it seeps out of the mold, so it’s important to pay attention to your mouth. If you feel any stinging or uncomfortable tooth sensitivity, take this as a sign it’s time to remove the mold and wipe off all the gel. Remember, you can always try again later, so don’t push yourself if your teeth or gums don’t respond well to the treatment. Even if your gums don’t sting and you don’t experience any tooth sensitivity, it is best to follow the instructions and only leave the teeth whitening gel on for as long as recommended. This way, you’ll avoid harming your teeth and can whiten them in phases, rather than attempting to go at it all at once.
Fully Remove The Gel
When your time is up, it’s important to remove all the teeth whitening gel so you don’t ingest any. These products are made up of chemicals that are not meant to be swallowed, so do your best to wipe your teeth clean with a tissue or a clean towel when you’re all done. You also don’t want to leave any teeth whitening gel on the teeth because they will continue to whiten for up to an hour after the gel is removed. So, if your teeth are almost as white as you want them to be, remove the mold and wipe your teeth clean, then check back in an hour to see the final result.