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Are your teeth stained or discolored? Do you ever feel embarrassed to show off your smile? Teeth whitening may be the solution! Some great ways to whiten your teeth include coming to Southland Smiles for an in-office treatment or for a take-home whitening kit. We suggest that you always check with our dentistss before whitening your teeth and that you avoid the following common teeth whitening mistakes:

Overusing Teeth Whitening Strips
Whitening strips are a popular way to whiten teeth at home. Take care not to overuse whitening strips. Do not keep them on your teeth for longer than suggested and do not use them more often than recommended. Doing those things will not actually make your teeth whiter but can instead cause tooth sensitivity.

Whitening With Baking Soda
Baking soda can scrub the surface of your teeth and remove some surface stains. However, it cannot remove older stains. In addition, baking soda is abrasive and could harm any weak areas of your tooth enamel. This can cause tooth sensitivity.

Using a Whitening Tray That Doesn’t Fit Well
One-size-fits all whitening trays are often included with over-the-counter whitening kits. These trays can leak whitening product if they do not fit correctly. This can irritate your gums and mar the whitening results that you were looking forward to. Our dentistss recommend that you receive a custom-made whitening tray from our office if you would like to whiten your teeth at home.

We invite you to contact our office at 708-794-4253 today for more information about teeth whitening in Flossmoor, Illinois, and to schedule a consultation.