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Should Your Teen Get a Mega-Watt Smile?

Teeth Whitening Houston, TXIt is no secret that a radiant smile holds a bit of magic. We are drawn into the brightness of a person’s smile, and we love revealing our inner sparkle when we smile. Teeth whitening is a common treatment among adults of all ages for this very reason. But what about your teen? Would we expect young people to be much different – especially considering the high-profile life most students feel they lead? The teen years are critical to the development of self-esteem. If having a brilliant smile helps, should we consider giving in to a teen’s wishes for teeth whitening? Let’s see what the science says.

Risks for Developing Teeth

The good news is that the risk of irreparable damage from teeth whitening is very low. The primary concern that dentists have about whitening in too young of a patient is the risk of sensitivity. You see, when teeth are still developing, the nerves that stem from the root are a bit more responsive. These nerves can become brittle if whitening is performed too often at too high concentration. On the flip side, a lot of the commercial whitening strips that are sold today are too low in their concentration of bleaching agent. Furthermore, strips are not very effective at keeping the peroxide solution from sitting on the gums, and this is where sensitivity may start.

Most dentists view professional teeth whitening as an appropriate treatment for teens aged 14 and older. Treatment may commence earlier or later depending on the data observed during a thorough dental exam.

Teeth Whitening Methods

  • Whitening toothpaste. The idea of a whitening toothpaste is slightly misleading. Very few toothpaste products contain a bleaching agent. Even those that do are left on the teeth so briefly that whitening is hard to come by. A standard whitening paste is good for surface debris and nothing more because the mechanism of action is not to bleach, but to polish enamel.
  • Over-the-counter strips. These home care products may contain up to 20% peroxide for stain removal. As mentioned, bleaching gel can easily seep from behind the strip onto the gums, causing irritation and sensitivity.
  • Professional home whitening. The best method of whitening is to receive a custom-fit whitening tray and bleaching solution ranging between 15- to 43% peroxide solution. This method involves daily wear that can be adjusted to accommodate preferences and needs. For instance, if sensitivity occurs, wear-time may be reduced each day.

Learn more about the teeth whitening process by calling a Royal Dental office near you. We serve areas around Humble, Houston, Sugar Land, and more.

Pediatric Dentistry Houston | Dental Visit Humble | Pearland | Sugar Land TXBy this time of year, many families are settling nicely into a new school year. The days of stressful preparation are behind us, and students are now getting into a groove regarding their daily schedule. That means that the average student has her mind on school books, the next test, and maybe even a new friend. Nowhere in this mix would we expect for there to be thoughts of taking care of teeth.

The subject of oral care is an important one, but students are not tested on these skills. Instead, they are often left on their own to discover – the hard way – that lack of care leads to painful problems. We are interested in helping our patients avoid the pitfalls of dental conditions like cavities and infection. Here, we offer three simple tips for prevention, and they may not be what you expect.

Preventing Cavities & Infection

  • Think of the basics. Every student begins a new school year with an idea of the basic concepts of new studies. The basics are the basis for knowledge and skill, even when it comes to maintaining a healthy, odor-free smile. When it comes to brushing and flossing, students may need a bit of help from parents. This could come in the form of a daily reminder before rushing out the door, or it may need to involve direct oversight for younger students. However the basics need to be reinforced, this is an excellent step for preventing cavities and other concerns.
  • Think beyond the norm. Thinking beyond the norm is necessary for students who play sports, and for students who wear any orthodontic fixtures (even Invisalign). Athletes may need to be fitted with a custom mouth guard for their activities. You may be surprised at how many players leave this crucial piece of gear on the sidelines, putting themselves at risk of dental injuries. Students with braces are at risk of cavities and bad breath. Equipping them with a travel-sized toothbrush to keep in a backpack helps them remove debris and stay fresh and cavity-free.
  • Think ahead. Dental visits are easy to forget, but they are an important aspect of health for students. Now that the school year is starting to run smoothly take the time to schedule your student’s next visit in one of our friendly offices.

Our family-centered practice serves areas in the Houston area, as well as in Sugar Land, Humble, and other cities. Call (713) 330-7700 to schedule a dental visit!

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