Your little kids probably don’t think too much about the way their teeth look. They’re more focused on how quickly they can get through brushing and flossing, whether or not they get toothpaste in the flavor they really like, and so on. However, when those kiddos become teenagers, suddenly new concerns pop up. Today, our Dallas, TX team covers how to respond when your teen mentions a desire for a whiter smile. Is it out of the question? Is it safe to address on your own, you wonder? Don’t worry: We’ve got the answers you need during a dental checkup!
Explain That Smiles Come In Many White Shades
First, particularly if you notice your teenager’s smile looks perfectly white and lovely to you, it’s important to remind your son or daughter that teeth come in all shades of white. The bright white they see on celebrities is likely the result of cosmetic work. The vibrant shade they see on Instagram is often the work of a filter or a retouched photo. It’s important to discuss the fact that a clean, healthy smile that’s free of stains is what you’re seeing. (However, if you are seeing discoloration, mention to your child that you will schedule a visit to see us, so you may allow our team to explain the details). Of course, you may also remind your teens that they still look wonderful and that you understand how they feel!
Skip The OTC Whitening!
You may feel tempted to rush out to purchase an over-the-counter teeth whitening kit for your teen. Or, your child may ask you about considering this as an option. We want you to hear us when we say that we strongly suggest against it! The kits you can purchase from the drugstore or online are often dangerous. They’re diluted enough to offer poor results but harsh enough to dehydrate and harm teeth and gums. Skip the OTC options and instead, speak with us about achieving a whiter smile during a dental checkup.
Schedule A Dental Visit
It’s time to bring your teen in for a dental checkup, when a whiter smile is the topic! First, of course, we will check in to ensure your child’s smile is healthy. Next, we will talk with you and your teen about your options. We can direct to in terms of protecting teeth from future stains, in addition to offering our suggestions for brightening plans that are safe and effective and age appropriate. Always ask for our advice, rather than taking care into your own hands!
Bring Your Child In With Whitening Questions
Let us know when your teenager has questions about discoloration, as well as considering teeth whitening, so we may be of help! Avoid the desire to pick up over-the-counter solutions and see our team instead! Schedule a visit with your Dallas, TX children’s dentist, Dr. Marr at Pediatric Dental Care at Casa Linda by calling 214-321-4880. We proudly welcome patients from Dallas, TX, and all surrounding communities, including Casa Linda and more.