Ready to get a brighter, whiter smile for summer? There are numerous options if you are looking to whiten your teeth, but which ones should you choose, and which should you stay away from?

For best results, here are a few steps that we recommend you take before whitening your teeth:

  1. DENTAL CHECK-UP: Don’t rush to the store to purchase a teeth whitening kit, visit your dentist first! It’s important to start your whitening process with a dental check-up. Your dentist will evaluate your oral health by diagnosing and treating any issues, which is extremely important. During your check-up, your dentist will also determine whether or not you are a good candidate for a teeth whitening.
  2. THINK TWICE ABOUT OVER THE COUNTER KITS: There are now several options for teeth whitening online, in stores, on TV and even on the radio. The American Dental Association (ADA) has noted concern surrounding the safety of chemicals and procedures being performed without the care or supervision of a licensed dentist. The ADA recommends consulting a dentist as some chemicals could damage the hard and soft tissues in the mouth if not applied properly.
  3. SKIP THE KIOSK: Teeth Whitening Kiosks are popping up in malls and salons all over the country at a rapid pace, but beware. Just because the staff is wearing white lab coats or scrubs, does not mean they are licensed healthcare professionals. In most cases, they have no healthcare experience at all and are dispensing chemicals that could damage a person’s teeth and gums. Some states have gone so far as to ban such kiosks due to health concerns.
  4. WEIGH YOUR OPTIONS: Talk to your dentist about the pros and cons of the treatment options available for you. Your dentist will take into consideration what is right for you. They could determine you are a candidate for an in-office treatment, or even give you a product to take home and apply.