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Going to your Dentist every 6 months is critical to your dental health, and this includes if you are whitening your teeth or thinking about whitening your teeth. The first thing that needs to be looked at is that you do not have tooth decay. Your dentist needs to check and make sure that there are no signs of tooth decay and that there are no holes in them. These tooth bleaching products can seep into the crevices and hit your nerves, resulting in pain and tooth damage.

Whitening Mouth Rinses

Using Mouth Wash for whitening your teeth, will not always give you the results that you are looking for. There is the potential that it could be doing more harm than good. The high alcohol content in some of the mouth washes can be tough on other portions of your mouth.

Leaving Whitening Strips on too long

Using the whitening strips longer than the directions can lead to undesired splotching on your teeth, and result in increased sensitivity. Always follow the directions on the box, and limit your use of whining strips to twice per year.

Not FDA Approved

When purchasing any teeth whitening products, check for the FDA seal. It is important to purchase products that are FDA approved. This will help make sure you are purchasing safe whitening products. Make sure to follow directions according to the product. Non approved FDA products can potentially damage your teeth.

Going to the Extreme

Another problem that arises with some people is taking the whitening process to far, going for that extreme ivory white. When teeth whitening is taken to the extreme, the tooth loses its health sheen.

One Size Doesn’t Fit All

With the one size fits all teeth whitening trays, everyone’s mouth is different, so the one size will not always fit properly and give you the best desired results. Custom trays can allow you to get the proper whitening done to the areas that are intended, and fitted exactly for your mouth.

Source: http://www.prevention.com/health/health-concerns/common-teeth-whitening-mistakes

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