Has your smile’s dull appearance come to your attention? Do you notice it in the mirror while you brush your teeth? Maybe you have begun to consider trying a whitening treatment. These days you can find nearly entire aisles at the grocery or department store dedicated to whitening your teeth. You can find videos online about how to whiten your smile’s appearance using things you find in your kitchen. With all of these options available, why should you consult with your dentist about whitening your teeth? There are some reasons that it is important to talk to your dentist about whitening your smile. 

Some Treatments Can Cause Sensitivity

The downside to some teeth whitening treatments is that it can cause your teeth and gums to become sensitive. This sensitivity may be caused by irritation to the gums or by causing damage to the enamel. Working with your dentist to whiten your teeth allows for your dentist to monitor any types of irritation or damage that may occur. If you have already done a whitening treatment at home and have found yourself with increased sensitivity, talk to your dentist.

Some Stains Cannot Be Removed

There are two main types of tooth stain: intrinsic and extrinsic. Intrinsic staining is discoloration that comes from inside the tooth. Extrinsic staining is discoloration on the outer layer of the tooth. Intrinsic staining cannot be removed with any type of whitening treatment even professional-grade. Intrinsic stains are often caused by internal tooth trauma, certain medications or health problems. To cover up intrinsic stains, your dentist may recommend cosmetic bonding or porcelain veneers. Extrinsic stains are caused by external factors and can usually be removed with a whitening treatment. Some extrinsic stains that have been there for many years may be more difficult to remove. Your dentist will be better able to determine if your tooth discoloration is intrinsic or extrinsic.

Are you ready to talk to your dentist about teeth whitening?

Talk to Dr. Jones or Dr. Harris about whitening your smile. Schedule a consultation at Mansfield Dental Associates by calling 817-473-6227. Located in Mansfield, TX, we also welcome patients and families from all surrounding communities including South Arlington, Kennedale, Southeast Ft. Worth, Alvarado, Midlothian, and more.