It’s everyone’s desire to get a whiter, shinier teeth, especially if you are the goofy type that loves to smile a lot and your friends don’t spare you when you do so, telling you your teeth are discolored.

In the first place, you shouldn’t let people’s opinion drive you, but if you indeed finally decide to get a a brighter set of teeth, then you might have to do it the right way.

The mistakes most people make while trying to get this done is to google up whitening products or just go over the counter to get remedies. Then it gets worse if you want to get a quicker effect and you use more than the desired amount as against prescription or your Dentist’s directives, that’s if you even got your Dentist’s approval.

The major active ingredient in most store-bought teeth whitening products is carbamide peroxide which, when dissolved in water, breaks down into hydrogen peroxide, a bleaching agent. Regular bleaching of your teeth using products containing this chemical can strip away the lighter enamel and lead to painful side effects as well as a blotchy appearance by exposing the darker dentin below.

Consequently, this would make the teeth more susceptible to cracking or chipping. In extreme cases of enamel erosion, teeth can even become flexible and bend when pressure is applied. Without the protective enamel coating, your teeth will also become more sensitive, even to the point where you have to avoid eating certain foods.

Getting a healthy dentition is uppermost and whitening it is not the most important paradigm.

Brushing twice a day, flossing regularly, rinsing with mouthwash and frequent dental check-ups are all part of a sound oral health routine that helps to maintain a perfect smile. If you do decide to whiten your teeth, you should consult your dentist for honest, professional and informed advice before undergoing any treatment.