Is teeth whitening a gimmick? Why do so many products online or in the store say that they whiten your teeth just as good as a dentist? For someone with very, very mild tooth stain, that might be the case. For everyone else, there’s nothing that compares to the results that you can get with the help of a dental professional.
You Can’t Buy Prescription Strength Products Online
The teeth whitening solutions purchased through your dental office will be concentrated and more effective when it comes to disrupting stain particles. The specific types of gels that are sold over the counter are made of different ingredients and at lower strengths.
Professional Treatments Guarantee Better Coverage
Store bought kits are “one size fits some.” They aren’t contoured to the shape of your individual teeth. Because of that, it can cause uneven whitening or some areas of your teeth to be skipped over entirely…whereas what your dentist uses will fully cover each one of your teeth.
It’s Safer to Work with Your Dentist
DIY teeth whitening products or solutions can hurt you if your teeth aren’t healthy. It’s best to have your dentist check your teeth first, to make sure it’s safe to whiten.
Some solutions can even cause tissue irritation or chemical burns if you’re not careful. Rather than having whiter teeth, you may be left with discolored, splotchy gums.
The initial investment in professional teeth whitening costs less to maintain over the course of the next several years than it does to use store-bought kits. While a DIY kit may seem cheaper, it really isn’t. Ask your dentist today to see which solution is best for your smile!
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