Is your smile looking a bit dingy? If you think it’s time to invest in tooth whitening, you may be trying to choose between over the counter whitening methods and professional teeth whitening from your dentist. Although the cheaper whitening strips or toothpaste may seem appealing, there are some significant advantages of visiting your dentist for a whiter smile. Professional tooth whitening is considered safer, faster and more effective.
Repetitive use of the counter whitening treatment can result in chemical burns to your gums and soft tissues in your mouth. In addition, over the counter products take no consideration of any pre-existing conditions or tooth decay that could be problematic during your treatment. Professional whitening, on the other hand, does not harm your teeth and is administered by a certified and trained professional. Your professional teeth whitening appointment always begins with a thorough examination of your current dental health first so that future pain or sensitivity is avoided.
Most professional or laser whitening treatments deliver results in just one visit. Years of stains can be erased in just about an hour, depending on the specific professional whitening product and technique. Even at-home professional whitening can produce results in as little as 10 days, which is far less than multiple nights and days in whitening strips or months of using a whitening toothpaste.
If you are looking for teeth whitening that carries the greatest guarantee for results, you should elect a whitening procedure from your dentist. Professional teeth whitening are customized for your specific teeth. Each unique contour and groove in your teeth are addressed so that the whitening results are even and effective. At home professional whitening uses custom trays that have been molded to your teeth so that the whitening gel can work best. The gel used in professional whitening is stronger and holds a high-grade peroxide that can eliminate deep-set stains within the pores of the teeth.
Gilreath Family Dentistry uses KöR bleaching protocol as the most effective, kindest to the teeth and tissues and longest lasting. Depending on your tooth color and history of prior bleaching, they offer both “in-office” and “at-home” bleaching options.
Posted on behalf of Dr. Paul Gilreath IV,