We all want a beautiful white smile, but at what cost to our dental health? At-home teeth whitening kits may seem like a quick, easy solution to achieve the brighter smile you have been searching for, but they can significantly damage your teeth and gums.
Professional teeth whitening services guarantee you get great results immediately without compromising your dental health. In-office teeth whitening is the most requested cosmetic dental procedure.
At-home DIY kits may seem like the cheaper option in the smaller picture, but if you consider the cost, in the long run, it quickly adds up. In order to get brighter teeth, most at-home kits require daily use. Professional teeth whitening services last longer and you get faster results.
It is important to schedule a checkup and cleaning before attempting to whiten your teeth. There may be cavities, plaque build-up, or tartar preventing your teeth from achieving the desired color. You should address any dental issues before proceeding with a teeth whitening procedure since patients with cracks, tooth decay, and gum diseases are not good candidates. Your dentist will likely delay the procedure until these issues have been corrected.
Your dentist or hygienist will also discuss dietary habits that may be affecting your ability to achieve results. Coffee, smoking and acidic foods are just a few of the many things you may be consuming that prevent you from getting a whiter smile.
If you attempt to whiten your teeth without properly following the directions you can damage your gums. Some people find it tempting to leave whitening strips on longer than the recommended time to get “quicker” results, but this leads to painful and irritated gums that may require treatment.
If your teeth are naturally sensitive teeth whitening may increase sensitivity. Your dentist can give you tips on how to counter sensitivity as a result of whitening or prevent extreme sensitivity from occurring by using thicker peroxide gels and desensitizers like potassium nitrate and fluoride.
Dentists also use a dental dam over your gums to protect them during the whitening process.
Teeth whitening may not be for everyone because of the products used. Your dentist can determine if you should proceed with a teeth whitening procedure. For example, pregnant or nursing women should defer the procedure, so they don’t inadvertently expose themselves to any chemicals.
Professional teeth whitening services utilize higher dosages of peroxide and carbamide so your teeth may whiten quickly. Some dentists also use a laser after applying the bleaching agent to heat it and speed up the whitening process even more.
At-home kits do not always ensure you will receive even coloration throughout your smile, especially if you overuse the products. If you have composite or porcelain dental crowns, they may not whiten with the rest of your teeth. Your dentist can prevent unevenness from occurring and provide an exact match to your dental structure.
Depending on the teeth whitening options offered by your dentist you may be provided with a customized tray and whitening gel to use at home as part of the procedure or to achieve long-term results.
Professional teeth whitening is a safer and more effective method. Do not risk your dental health and consult a professional before attempting any at-home treatments.