‘Tis the season to get a whiter, brighter smile. With so many whitening options available, how do you know which to choose?
Getting your teeth professionally whitened in a dental office is the preferred whitening method due to the fact that we’re able to better protect the rest of your mouth – including your gums – from the strong, but effective, whitening agent. The best whitening systems feature a buffer in the gel that protects the tooth enamel from damage, are extremely effective, and can transform teeth in a single office visit. Your teeth can literally brighten up to 10 shades in about an hour.
Tooth whitening systems that you buy at your local market or drugstore are popular, mainly because they’re relatively inexpensive and easy to use. There are many over-the-counter tooth whitening methods that can be purchased without your dentist’s supervision. They include whitening strips, paint-on tooth gel, mouth trays with gel, whitening toothpaste, and even whitening gum. These are typically safe, but if you have oral concerns it’s a good idea to speak with your dentist before use. After all, while over-the-counter tooth whitening products are available, dentist-supervised tooth whitening remains the safest, most effective method for brightening your smile. But why?
- Over-the-counter tooth whitening trays do not often fit the patient’s mouth properly, which can cause the tooth whitening gel to leak, resulting in gum irritation and a less effective treatment.
- Many people have sensitive teeth, and with today’s dentist-supervised systems, even patients with sensitive teeth can undergo teeth whitening treatment.
- Dentists are qualified to handle any issues that may arise from whitening treatments, such as tooth sensitivity, which in most cases is easily managed. Tooth whitening can last for one or more years, depending on how well you take care of your teeth.
Make your summer smile brighter! Call C & C Dentistry to schedule an appointment for teeth whitening today.