If you want whiter teeth, there’s no shortage of whitening products to choose from. Strips, trays, rinses, toothpaste—there are almost too many choices! It can be confusing to know which works best but, more importantly, which works best for you.
Over-the-counter teeth whitening products are so tempting because they’re affordable and widely available. There’s nothing inherently wrong with these products, and many people swear by them. Still, there are some considerations that could make professional teeth whitening with a dentist more effective and more affordable in the long term.
Strength of the Bleaching Agent
Drugstore and supermarket teeth whitening products must be mild enough for the broadest number of people to use them safely. Professional teeth whitening done under the direct supervision of a dentist is controlled, and therefore a higher concentration of whitening agent can be used.
Customized Whitening Trays
When you buy an over-the-counter kit, you’ll receive “one-size-fits-all” whitening trays that may or may not cover all tooth surfaces evenly. With a professional kit, your dentist will take impressions of your teeth to make customized whitening trays.
Customized trays ensure that all of your tooth surfaces contact the whitening gel and that the gel won’t leak out and irritate sensitive gum tissue.
Professional Dental Supervision
With store-bought kits, there is no supervision. At most, you’ll have an 800 number you can call, but otherwise, you’re on your own.
When you choose a cosmetic dentist for your teeth whitening treatment, you always have somewhere to turn. If you’re experiencing irritation or not seeing the results you hoped for, your dentist can adjust the concentration of the whitening gel accordingly.
Trust Your Whitening to a Cosmetic Dentist in Centennial, CO
If you want to see the brightest, safest results in the shortest amount of time, it’s a good idea to turn to a professional for your teeth whitening treatment. At the dental office of Michael J. Franquemont in Centennial, CO, we offer both in-office and take-home whitening procedures.
Please call us to schedule an appointment so we can see which is right for you.