Questions Answered about Teeth Whitening
Teeth whitening is one of the most popular cosmetic dental procedures. White teeth can help patients look and feel better, boosting their self-confidence. White teeth are a symbol of health and beauty, as well as good dental hygiene. With the increased popularity of teeth whitening, over-the-counter home kits and whitening toothpastes have exploded all over the market. However, professional teeth whitening can produce much more drastic results in a short amount of time, as well as being safer on the patient as the treatment is done by an highly-trained professional.
There are many benefits to professional teeth whitening procedures.
The main benefit is that it is fast and effective.
Over-the-counter whitening kits, which can come in various forms including gels, trays, strips, or rinses, are often hit or miss when it comes to effective results. Additionally, many of these kits are on the expensive side for subtle results. Whitening toothpaste, for example, cost more than regular toothpaste but has to be used for an extensive period of time before any slight changed is seen at all. With professional whitening treatments from a cosmetic dentist, you are guaranteed a dramatic change, taking your teeth several shades lighter. Deep stains won’t be removed with drugstore whitening kits or whitening toothpastes. These intense stains can only be improved with the use of laser whitening techniques. Professional whitening treatments are typically done in under an hour with one or two visits, depending on the severity of stains and discoloration. With the use of high quality whitening gels and laser, your dentist will help you get far more dramatic results in a short amount of time.
Another benefit of professional whitening treatments is that your treatment will be tailored to your needs and circumstances.
Drugstore whitening kits are generic, one-size-fits-all type products. This means that because everyone’s teeth are different, results will vary greatly among users. A dentist will provide a full oral-health exam where they can identify any possible issues or problems with your teeth and gums before proceeding with whitening treatments. Sensitivity is a common side effect of whitening gels, but it can often be avoided if tooth and gum problems are addressed prior to treatment. You won’t get this level of service or care by purchasing a home whitening kit. Drugstore whitening kits are created for the masses, but when you visit a cosmetic dentist for teeth whitening, your treatment and results will be specifically tailored for you.
Finally, the last benefit of professional teeth whitening treatments is that their is no room for error.
With home kits and other mass market whitening products, there is a greater potential for user error. Each product comes with specific instructions, and because everyone’s teeth are different, even following instructions correctly can still result in painful or discomforting results and side effects. A cosmetic dentist will know where your sensitive areas are and how to best treat them for a comfortable experience with even and desirable results.
Getting a professional teeth whitening kit might be a good idea as a temporary, fast solution, however, if you want to minimize any risks, coming to visit our dental clinic is your best choice. Contact our office today to schedule a FREE Smile Assessment.