Teeth whitening is becoming more and more popular with each new advertisement that’s seen on television or online. So, how can you know which is the best option for your smile – choosing between professional teeth whitening from a dentist or one of the many over-the-counter options available? We hope the following information provides the factual details concerning the results of teeth whitening to help you make an informed decision that’s best not only for the brightness of your smile, but for your general dental health, as well.
Almost everyone is aware of the usual suspects when it comes to stained teeth. Red wine. Coffee. Tea. Smoking. But what many people don’t realize is that stained teeth can also be your body telling you that there might be something going on internally that requires further attention. Examples might include one of several diseases that can negatively affect your tooth’s enamel, a vitamin deficiency, or a side effect from medications that you may be taking. That’s one of many reasons that seeing a health professional such as a dentist is recommended before attempting any at-home treatment.
Although it may seem like common knowledge to many of you reading this, the fact that at-home results can vary by product certainly bears repeating. You see, the success of at-home tooth whitening depends on the tooth, not the product. That’s another reason that professional whitening is recommended. If you attempt at-home bleaching, and you use a product that’s not suited for your teeth’s enamel, you may be setting yourself up for one of two things: Either a failed attempt at whitening because the product was not professional-grade, or damage your enamel because your teeth needed hands-on professional monitoring during the treatment. Either scenario will dig deeper into your budget than scheduling a professional whitening to begin with.
Is time important to you? If so, you may want to consider your time investment using at-home products that frequently require weeks – if not months – of messy treatment. Instead, you can walk out of your professional tooth whitening treatment with instant and noticeable results.