There’s nothing like a bright smile to boost your confidence, make you look and feel younger, and make you appear your healthiest. And tooth whitening is a great way to do all of the above. There are plenty of over-the-counter tooth whitening kits available to help, but there are three important reasons you should let your dentist whiten your teeth. Here’s what makes the biggest difference.
1. Better Results Faster by Letting Your Dentist Whiten Your Teeth
One of the foremost reasons to let your dentist whiten your teeth is that it takes less time, and the results are much better than store-bought solutions. In addition, the active ingredient – hydrogen peroxide – your dentist uses to whiten your teeth is more concentrated than those over-the-counter kits, so they whiten better and faster.
Typically, you can achieve teeth that are two to eight shades whiter when your dentist does the procedure. Additionally, it won’t take as long to get those results. Moreover, your dentist will use heat or light to speed up the process. Normally, it only takes about one hour, whereas the home-use products can take months or longer to see similar results.
2. Your Dentist’s Tooth Whitening Lasts Longer
Another reason to go to the dentist for professional teeth whitening is that it lasts longer than those home kits. Your dentist usually examines your teeth prior to whitening to make sure you’re a good candidate for the procedure, as well.
A dental professional can also make sure that any restorations you have don’t get bleached, which can leave your teeth looking stained. They will usually clean your teeth to remove plaque and tartar before whitening, which produces better results overall. And your dentist will also carefully monitor the process to ensure that it is painless and produces the best appearance for your smile. Finally, professional teeth whitening penetrates the teeth from within rather than just whitening the surface. That’s what makes it last longer.
3. There’s Less Risk of Damaging Your Teeth
If the whitening gel is left on your teeth for too long, it can dehydrate them and make them feel sensitive. Additionally, peroxide on your gums irritates them and can cause pain when eating certain foods.
Because the dentist professionally prepares your mouth for whitening and carefully monitors the process, you’re less likely to experience painful sensitivity or damage to your teeth. You’ll also be much happier with the results.
Call Us Today for a Brighter Smile!
At Barry H. Buchanan’s dental practice, our staff is dedicated to helping you have your brightest and healthiest smile. We’re happy to answer all your questions about teeth whitening procedures and anything else associated with your dental health. Give our office a call today for a brighter, healthier smile!