QUESTIONS ON TEETH WHITENING ANSWERED

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The other day I asked you guys on my Instagram page to send in any questions you had on teeth
whitening. In today's post I will answer all your questions. lets lets talk about those pearly whites.
Disclaimer: I am not a dentist, my answers are based on research and personal experience.

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What you should know: as we grow older our enamel becomes thinner, that's the reasons adults generally have pale gray or yellowish teeth. Other factors like smoking, drinking colored drinks i.e red wine and eating certain foods can stain your teeth too ( you can read more on that here )

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Can I do it on my own, or do I have to see a dentist? You can whiten your teeth on your own using DIY mixtures, or hydrogen peroxide or pick up a kit from the pharmacy or supermarket but I would recommend visiting a dentist to help you understand what products would be best for you.

How long does it last? I cant give an exact period. This depends on the products used and how you take care of your teeth. Teeth whitening will however not last forever and its only a matter of years or months till you feel the need to touch up. 

Any maintenance required? Yes, you have to quit smoking for example and brush your teeth after taking foods or drinks that may stain your teeth. Eating food that strengthen you teeth like carrots would be an added bonus. 

Are there any other ways of whitening my teeth? Yes, there are several ways of whitening your teeth, from using kits, gel, strips or even hydrogen peroxide (you can read more on that here)

I have slightly damaged teeth can this help brighten my smile?  I would advice against using teeth whitening products on damaged teeth, it might make it worse. kindly see a dentist. 

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Will it make my teeth sensitive? probably not.people are different, the way your teeth will respond is very individual. Depending your needs and lifestyle some approaches may be better for you compared to others. However, Gum irritation, teeth sensitivity and pain are possible side effects

Are the Chemicals really good for your teeth?  Most if not all teeth whitening products are made of hydrogen peroxide or a compound which breaks down into hydrogen peroxide. Its the hydrogen peroxide that breaks down into oxygen molecules which react chemically with stains on your teeth. In my opinion using things like lemons for teeth whitening can be more of a risk because it exposes your teeth to citric acid.

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Does it work? This particular kit works for sure. all the different forms of teeth whitening products work to some extent depending on the concentration/ strength of hydrogen peroxide. be sure to carefully follow the instructions provided.

Is teeth whitening safe? well, it wont kill you. I'd like to think it is. Otherwise it would be illegal or something. I have self administered whitening of my teeth and the only side effects I noticed was a brighter smile but again I think visiting the dentist  would be a good option so they can advice you on what would work best on your teeth without causing any pain or damage.

contrary to popular beliefs it does not strip away your Enamel. ( I asked my dentist)

 Is it expensive? Not really, but I can tell you that its going to cost you, this kit I use for example sells at 6k (roughly 60 dollars) I don't know how much whitening at a dentist in Kenya would cost. If you do please share in the comments down below, otherwise I'll find out and let you know.

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I hope this answers all your questions. If you have any more questions please leave them in the comments below.

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