Are you thinking about using teeth whitening swabs for stains or discoloration in your child’s teeth and bypassing your family dentist? Whitening swabs are becoming increasingly popular. But are they good for your child’s teeth? Are there any good reasons to check with your family dentist before using them?
Why Your Family Dentist’s Opinion Matters
Children have a lot of challenges. If your child’s teeth are stained or discolored, it can affect his or her confidence and make your child hesitant about smiling. But before you whiten your child’s teeth, you need the professional opinion your family dentist. If whitening swabs are not the correct solution, it can harm teeth and create more problems.
There are several benefits of consulting with a dentist. Before your dentist approves teeth whitening, he or she will do the following:
- Determine the cause of the stains in your child’s teeth.
- Examine your child’s teeth and gums to ensure they are free of disease and decay.
- Anticipate the results of whitening them. Sometimes bleaching gel can make stains look worse.
- Recommend the correct type of whitening or recommend a different treatment altogether.
How Do Whitening Swabs Work?
- Whitening swabs come in a tube that contains both the whitening gel and a swab.
- Gently snap off the stem to release the swab.
- Use the swab to rub the gel on your teeth.
- Wait 30 minutes.
Depending on the type and concentration of bleaching gel in the whitening swabs, they may or may not be effective.
How does it compare to whitening from your family dentist?
Swabs are not as effective as customized trays, which keep bleaching gel in contact with the teeth for even and thorough penetration that breaks down stains. Your dentists provides whitening gel in an appropriate strength for each patient’s tooth sensitivity and the condition of his or her teeth.
When you look at online reviews for whitening swabs, some people report good results, but the majority of them are disappointed. Ask your family dentist to examine your child’s teeth and recommend treatment to improve the color. Keep in mind that whitening might not be the best solution.
This post is sponsored by Hoffman Estates cosmetic dentist Dr. William Becker.