Everyone wants to have Hollywood-white teeth, which explains why whitening procedures are so popular. That said, not all whitening treatments are created equal, and there are certain mistakes you can make during the whitening process that can interfere with results. One of the most common issues is finding that your teeth have been unevenly whitened.
Luckily enough, following these four easy tips is all you need to do to prevent that happening.
- Invest in Custom-Fit Trays
Yes, over-the-counter whitening trays and whitening strips are cheaper than custom-fit whitening trays, but they’re never going to fit around each tooth perfectly. As such, they might not place the complete surface of each tooth in contact with the whitening agent – that’s obviously a situation you want to avoid if you’re after even results.
- Resist Foods and Drinks that Stain
It’s a bad idea to drink or eat anything that can stain your teeth while they are being whitened. This is partly because your teeth will be more susceptible to staining, but it’s also because staining compounds affect certain teeth more than others. Those at the front, for example, will be most exposed.
- Get Your Teeth Cleaned Before Whitening
You might brush and floss religiously – unfortunately, a certain amount of plaque can still harden into tartar, particularly around tough-to-reach areas. Whitening agents cannot penetrate tartar, so having your teeth whitened when patches of tartar exist is only going to produce uneven results – where the tartar is, you’ll be left with a yellow blotch. Tartar cannot be removed at home, but you can have it professionally removed by a dentist or hygienist.
- Go the Distance
Some people assume their whitening results are uneven before the treatment is even over. However, there’s often nothing to worry about. Certain parts of each tooth often change colour at different rates. Where the enamel is thinnest, such as towards the edge of a tooth, whitening tends to happen faster. If you stop the treatment before you’re supposed to, you might be left with those uneven results.