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Teeth Whitening: Professional Versus Over-the-Counter

A whiter smile can help you feel confident and even look younger. Unfortunately, it’s not always easy to keep your teeth bright. Whether it was a past smoking habit, love for coffee or the natural aging process, it is common for teeth to lose their brilliant hue and appear dingy over time. This has led many people to seek teeth whitening treatment. However, the following question typically arises: do you buy a teeth whitening kit from the local drug store or do you visit your dentist for professional whitening?

There are significant advantages to choosing your dentist to whiten your teeth, both in terms of your dental health and your cosmetic results. Here are three main reasons why professional teeth whitening is superior to an over-the-counter whitening alternative.

While most teeth whitening kits on the store shelves have been cleared by the FDA, your at-home treatment will not be monitored by a dentist. If used too frequently or incorrectly, store-bought whitening kits can cause teeth sensitivity and even soft tissues damage in the form of chemical burns on your gums. In contrast, a professional whitening session begins with a thorough evaluation from your dentist, this ensures your oral health is in check and that any adverse effects from teeth whitening are avoided.

Most professional or laser whitening treatments, such as ZOOM! Whitening, deliver results in a single office visit of about an hour! With an over-the-counter product or whitening strips, the typical treatment time is weeks or months to achieve the same results. From a standpoint of convenience and time, a visit to your dentist for teeth whitening makes more sense.

More Effective
Not only is professional teeth whitening backed by your dentist, it is also customized for your unique smile. This greatly increases the effectiveness. Your dentist will ensure that each crevice and groove of your smile is bleached evenly and effectively. A store-bought kit, however, is a “one-size-fits-all” approach, which may be ineffective when it comes to your specific teeth.

If you want to brighten your smile, consider the strong benefits of professional teeth whitening. While it may seem more budget-friendly to try a product from your grocery store, the safety, effectiveness and convenience of a professional whitening session at your dental office can often make up for the dollar difference.

Posted on behalf of:

Farhan Qureshi, DDS

5206 Dawes Avenue
Alexandria, VA 22311
(703) 931-4544



The Science of a Smile

Did you know that smiles are scientifically proven to draw people closer to other people? No matter how old or young, a great smile can make you more attractive. There are bright smiles, sweet smiles, scary smiles and stunning smiles. A smile is usually the first thing people notice about other people. In a recent study by Wrigley Gum, both men and women believed that a nice smile makes people more attractive than makeup or anything else.

A smile is a social cue and it can mean many things. A smile can say “I’m sorry”, it can welcome someone, it can say “thank you”, “I love you”, “yes” and so much more. A smile can signal to someone else that it is okay to approach and start a conversation. Whether we realize it or not, subconsciously everyone reacts to a smile.

If you are single, it may be good to know that people will judge you by your smile. USA Today posted a survey of 5,000 singles and 58% of men and 71% of women judge the opposite sex by their teeth and smile.

Single or married, young or old, a nice smile simply eludes self confidence. Do you have a smile that you are proud of? Do you love to flash your pearly whites to greet people each day? If you don’t love your smile, it may be time to do something about it. Cosmetic dentistry offers a number of ways to defy science and make the imperfect perfect. Ask your dentist for a smile consultation to investigate small (or large) cosmetic dental procedures that can help improve your smile. The future can be bright with a beautiful white smile!

Posted on behalf of Dr. Mitul Patel, Family & Cosmetic Dental Care


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