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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



You Just Whitened your Teeth- Now What?

Posted in Teeth Whitening

You now have a nice, bright smile that you have always wanted!  What can you do to preserve your new pearly, white teeth?  The following list will provide you with some tips to help keep your smile bright:

  • Limit or avoid foods that can cause staining of your teeth such as tea, coffee, red wine.        One consideration: Drinking tea through a straw will allow you to drink it without exposing it to
  • If possible, brush your teeth or rinse with water soon after eating foods or drinks that can stain your teeth.
  • Avoid the use of tobacco.  Smoking is not only bad for your overall health, but it is also one of the worst culprits to staining your teeth.
  • Get your teeth cleaned by your dental hygienist every 6 months.  Your hygienist will be able to polish off most, if not all of the stain on the outside surface of your teeth.

Depending on which tooth whitening system you use, a touch up will likely be required anywhere from one month to one year after the initial in-office whitening treatment.  Your dentist will discuss with you the touch up frequency thereafter.

As always, practice good oral hygiene with brushing and flossing on a daily basis.  A tooth whitening toothpaste may be used one time a week to remove stain on the surface of the teeth and the rest of the week, use a regular fluoride toothpaste.

Are you interested in getting a bright, new smile?  Your dentist will be able to discuss all of your options for whiter teeth.  If you want to smile with confidence, call your dentist today!

Posted on behalf of:
Crabapple Dental
12670 Crabapple Rd #110
Alpharetta, GA 30004
(678) 319-0123

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