Teeth whitening is more popular today than ever before. Teenagers who are longing for a moviestar smile may ask their parents whether they can whiten their teeth. As a parent, you should know that teeth whitening treatments come with very specific instructions. Unfortunately, not all teens are able to follow these instructions to a tee and may end up damaging their teeth rather than whitening them.
In addition, the majority of teeth whitening solutions feature hydrogen peroxide. While hydrogen peroxide is not typically an issue for adults, it can pose a risk to teenagers with weaker enamel. Teeth whitening can also lead to teeth sensitivity and discomfort in teens, making it a good idea for them to wait until they are a little older to whiten their teeth.
Fortunately, there are some alternatives to teeth whitening that can help your teen achieve their pearly whites and keep their teeth in tip-top shape. Encourage your teen to brush their teeth thoroughly for about two minutes, two times a day and floss once a day.
You can also suggest that they limit their intake of foods and beverages that have been proven to stain teeth. Some examples include coffee, cola, berries, tomato sauce, and other dark colored foods and beverages.
Last but not least, schedule professional cleanings for your teen twice a year. In addition to whitening their teeth, this can help them detect problems early on and resolve them before they become serious.
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If you’re wondering whether your teen is a good candidate for teeth whitening, we encourage you to contact our Ashburn, VA office at 703-348-2813.