Teens ‘seeking whiter teeth’

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Teenagers are performing their own teeth-whitening treatments to achieve brighter smiles, it has been reported.

According to WTVQ-TV, there are certain things they – and their parents – need to be aware of with home whitening kits.

"There could be extreme tooth sensitivity if it’s used improperly, if it’s kept on the teeth for too long and if the directions are not followed closely," warned Dr David Carroll.

He claimed that teenagers are under "a lot of pressure" to do with their appearance and that whiter teeth are a factor in this.

Dr Caroll recommended that people who are seeking a brighter smile, consult their cosmetic dentist prior to the bleaching process.

He said that this can determine the exact causes of their tooth discolouration, adding that as long as home whitening kits are supervised, they can be safe.

San Antonio dentist Dr Brian Hale has reported that although many external factors can affect the colour of teeth, it is largely pre-determined by DNA.ADNFCR-1374-ID-18454705-ADNFCR

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