Teeth Whitening: Over-the-Counter Drawbacks
When it comes to whitening your teeth, there is no question you’ve got options. In fact, your local drug store is likely filled with numerous products that claim to brighten your smile. While you may be tempted to save a few bucks upfront by opting for an over-the-counter whitening kit, a professional teeth whitening at your dental office offers some invaluable benefits.
To understand why in-office whitening is superior, it helps to understand the significant drawbacks of many drug store products. Here are some cons of DYI whitening:
Takes Longer to Achieve Results
At home whitening kits typically require that consumers apply their product daily for several days (or even weeks). Therefore, this is not your best solution if you are trying to whiten your teeth for a big event in the very near future.
May Never Achieve Ideal Results
In general, store-bought whitening products are considered less effective. Your dentist has access to professional-grade bleaching solutions, which are often more powerful and more effective for removing stubborn tooth stains.
Risk of Gum Irritation and Teeth Sensitivity
Choosing DIY whitening means that you won’t have a dentist monitoring your oral health during your treatment. In addition, “one size all” appliances may expose your gum tissues to the bleaching solution and cause painful irritation.
At Gilreath Dental Associates, we use the industry’s latest teeth whitening systems, including the KöR bleaching protocol, which we believe is the most effective, kindest to the teeth and tissues and longest lasting. If you would like to avoid the pitfalls and potential wasted dollars in over-the-counter whitening, call our Marietta office. We are happy to give you a whiter, brighter smile in one hour!
Posted on behalf of Dr. Paul Gilreath IV, Gilreath Dental Associates