Getting a smile just like their favorite singer or movie star might be high on your teen’s priority list. However, you may want to talk with your Bartlett, St. Charles, or Elgin dentist before buying an at-home tooth whitening product.
As with any cosmetic dentistry procedure, teeth whitening should be overseen by a professional. There are a number of factors that can affect results, such as an existing crown or teeth that have not yet erupted. Some medical conditions can cause teeth to darken. Your St. Charles area dentist can determine if a teen’s tooth stains are a symptom of an underlying condition.
It’s always a good idea to stress prevention over treatment, especially with kids. Make sure your Elgin teen is practicing proper oral health habits and help them understand that coffee, tea, cola, and energy drinks can stain their teeth. And if they need another reason not to smoke, remind them that tobacco products will destroy their beautiful smile along with their lungs. Lastly, warn them of the dangers of oral piercings which include tooth damage and infection.
If you or any member of your family decides to use an over-the-counter teeth whitener, be sure to follow the instructions exactly, as the bleaching agents used can damage your mouth and gums.
My name is Dr. David Rice. I am a child-friendly Elgin family dentist. My passion is helping each of my patients achieve and maintain a healthy, attractive smile, regardless of their age. My practice, David Rice DDS, offers the following services:
And more! So, if you are in the Bartlett, Elgin, or St. Charles area and are in need of cosmetic dental care or have a question about affordable smile makeovers, please give us a call at 317-288-3638.
Dr. David Rice
David Rice DDS – For Confident Smiles
1972 Larkin Ave Ste 1.
Elgin, IL 60123
The following website was used as source material for this blog:
http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/guide/tooth-discoloration, accessed on July 25, 2013