When not to Bleach Your Teeth?

One of the first things someone notices about you is your smile. To give off the best first impression, it is very important to have a bright white smile. Unfortunately, keeping a white smile is very difficult to do, especially for people who drink a lot of coffee or smoke cigarettes. While whitening or bleaching your teeth may seem like a good idea, there are many situations when you should avoid whitening your teeth.

The first situation when teeth bleaching is not recommended is if you are pregnant or nursing a baby. By whitening your teeth, you are consuming toxins that may not be harmful for an adult, but could be dangerous for your baby. If you feel you must whiten your teeth, it would be best to wait until after giving birth or after you stop nursing.

Another situation when not to bleach your teeth is if you are young. If you are under the age of 16, teeth whitening should be avoided because younger individual are still developing gum and enamel. By bleaching your teeth at a young age, you run the risk of destroying gum and enamel development, which will lead to future teeth problems.

The third situation when teeth whitening is not recommended is if you have dark stains on your teeth. If you have stains on your teeth which are black or brown, teeth bleaching and whitening may not be productive. For the best results, stained teeth should be closer to a yellowish color than brown or black. By bleaching black or browned stained teeth, the dark stain could stand out even more.

The fourth situation when you should avoid whitening your teeth is if you have had previous problems with your teeth’s gum or enamel. If your teeth are already sensitive due to a thin layer of enamel, the problem could be worsened by bleaching your teeth. This could cause an extreme level of pain and may further worsen the condition.

When your front teeth have caps or crowns, which simply cannot be whitened with bleaching paste or gel, your dentist might advise you not to undergo teeth whitening procedure. This is because the caps or crowns will not whiten like the rest or your teeth and will stand out more.

It's always a good idea to consult a dentist regarding teeth whitening, or in case you want to whiten your teeth at home, make sure you read the label of the whitening kit you intend to use and follow the directions.

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