Whitening Your Teeth

Patients Advised to Consult with A Dentist Prior To Any Tooth Whitening Regimen

Consumer Reports (11/10, Harrar) discussed home tooth whitening treatments, which may help remove surface stains, per a dental adviser to Consumer Reports. “You will see a noticeable difference, but results can vary depending on individual teeth and the depth of staining or discoloration,” says

Dr. Edmond Hewlett, a professor of dentistry at the University of California Los Angeles and spokesperson for the American Dental Association. Home tooth whitening kits can’t address all discoloration, however, says Dr. Hewlett, and checking with a dentist first before beginning a tooth whitening treatment is advised. The article noted that “good dental hygiene is key,” and Dr. Hewlett says, “Keep your teeth clean with regular brushing and flossing.”