When it comes to teeth whitening, there’s no shortage of over-the-counter products and DIY tricks.
So why bother with the cost and inconvenience of visiting a dentist?
Teeth bleaching may seem like a personal matter not serious enough to merit a dental visit. But if you want your teeth whitened the right way the first time, you’ll need a little professional help.
Save Your Enamel
Even one attempt at whitening can cause permanent damage to your tooth enamel if it’s not done properly. Some bleaching techniques involve harsh chemicals which are easy to accidentally overuse. Other methods use rough abrasives that wear away the enamel in addition to buffing away stain.
Should you choose to whiten your teeth at home, a dentist can give you guidelines for selecting a method and product that’s gentle on both tooth enamel and gum tissue.
Save on Time
Only in a professional dental setting can you get “instantly” white teeth. Dentists use potent bleaching agents in just the right amount so that you get the results you want in as little as one appointment.
It could take you weeks or even months of countless bleaching attempts at home to get your teeth just a couple shades lighter.
Save on Money
A professional teeth bleaching treatment may come with a moderate to sizeable price tag up front. But it’s a smarter investment in comparison with dropping thirty dollars here, twenty dollars there on various unsuccessful whitening attempts.
If you’re interested in getting a whiter smile, talk with your dentist. This way, you’ll find out whether your teeth are currently healthy enough for bleaching and learn which methods will get you the results you want.
Posted on behalf of:
Buford Family Dental
4700 Nelson Grogdon Blvd. NE #210
Buford, GA 30518
Home whitening kits are available at just about ever supermarket and corner store. Even with big name brands to back them, how do you know if they will be safe and effective when it comes to your smile? Following the manufacturers instructions is very important, but even then some types of complications may arise:
If the whitening gel comes into contact with your gums, it can burn them. These chemical burns may be anything from mild sensitivity or tissue bleaching to very sore, red lesions. With an improper fit or application, whitening gel can easily make its way onto your gums. The stronger the gel is said to be, the more risk their is.
“One size fits some” whitening treatments won’t provide you with the close contact of a professional whitening treatment. Loosely fitted trays or strips typically leave large areas of the teeth untouched, causing irregular whitening patterns. As you whiten longer in an attempt to get even results, problems like sensitivity begin to develop.
Whitening your teeth before having your dentist check them may put you at risk for nerve irritation or tooth sensitivity. Areas like cavities or exposed root surfaces should be checked by your dentist before ever beginning a whitening regimen. Although the weaker-strength gel shouldn’t physically damage the tooth, severe sensitivity is a common side effect.
Having a whiter smile doesn’t have to be hard. Your dentist offers a variety of safe, effective whitening treatments that will give you better results than any over-the-counter whitening product. Schedule a check-up with your dentist to find out which options are best for you.
Posted on behalf of:
Mitzi Morris, DMD, PC
1295 Hembree Rd B202
Roswell, GA 30076
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