Do you wish you had whiter teeth?
If you do, you’re not alone! Teeth whitening is one of the quickest and least expensive ways to brighten up a smile. Because teeth naturally get yellower with age, whitening turns back the clock, making a smile look younger, healthier and more attractive.
Why Go with Professional Teeth Whitening When You Can Buy Whitening at the Grocery Store?
Great question. Grocery store whitening sets do whiten teeth. They’re simply less effective and slower at whitening than professional systems. Why? Home-use systems incorporate low-dose bleaching agents and are not customized to individual patient’s teeth or needs. Professional whitening takes place in customized, highly monitored conditions which allow for a safe, controlled, pain-free procedure that effectively brightens your smile multiple shades.
At our office, we offer custom whitening trays, as well as the best whitening system currently on the market, KOR, for amazing, immediate results. To make the procedures more accessible and convenient, we offer both in-office services as well as at-home treatments.
But Doesn’t Teeth Whitening Treatments Damage Teeth?
How is this possible? Whitening solutions work because they dissolve the stain and build up that discolor teeth. When they dissolve surface stains, it makes sense that they also uncover the tooth structure under the stains.
This is perfectly fine and dandy until the surface exposed is actually dentin or tooth root surface. Dentin and tooth roots are very sensitive to sweets, hot and cold AND whitening solutions.
So doesn’t that mean that whitening is bad? No! The whitening is not what causes the problems of dentin exposure or gum recession. These are caused by clenching and grinding, gingivitis, and other issues like over brushing. The fact that whitening causes sensitivity is not proof that it does damage, but it is proof that getting your teeth professionally whitened by a dentist matters.
Dentists can spot areas of recession, exposed dentin and pre-treat them to reduce or prevent sensitivity before it starts. We can also choose whitening systems that include sensitivity-reducing agents or use specialized techniques to protect sensitive areas while maximizing whitening. There’s no need to live with stained teeth or sensitivity!