Studies estimate that around 85% of U.S. adults would like to have treatment to brighten and whiten the color of their teeth. With this in mind, perhaps it should come as no surprise that teeth whitening is the single most sought-after dental procedure in the world, with professional teeth whitening now offered by dentists across the country.
While there are many over the counter products that claim to be able to lighten the color of our teeth, lift stains and discoloration and improve the overall color of our smile, the truth is that most OTC products produce results that are mediocre when compared to what can be achieved through professional teeth whitening. Professional teeth whitening is when your treatment is carried out by your dentist, usually in the comfort of their office. Unsurprisingly, professional whitening is more expensive, but it also offers patients far more in the way of advantages over at-home solutions. Here’s what you need to know about the benefits of professional teeth whitening.
By far one of the biggest advantages to choosing in-office whitening is that the whitening agent is applied by highly experienced dentists. This is important since in-office whitening uses the highest strength of whitening agents, and your dentist will need to use guards to protect the soft tissue of the gums and tongue. This will reduce the risk of irritation and soreness.
The professional application also provides patients with another benefit – greater consistency in their results. Teeth whitening only looks natural if all of the teeth are treated in the same way. Your dentist has the access to your mouth that is needed to make sure that the whitening agent is pasted evenly across your teeth so that the results are much more consistent when compared with trying to apply bleaching products yourself at home.
Over-the-counter whitening products only use a fairly low-strength bleach. Unsurprisingly, this means that multiple treatments are needed to achieve a reasonable result and even then, the results often don’t last very long, with further treatment usually needed within a few months. However, when you choose professional whitening, your dentist will use much stronger bleach on your teeth, and this will help to produce a more significant result much more quickly. Better still, you will be able to retain the results for longer than is possible with at-home whitening.
Not all staining and discoloration happen on the outside of the teeth. If your tooth has sustained any damage, there may also be some darkening inside it too. This is sometimes known as intrinsic staining. Currently, there are no effective over-the-counter treatments for intrinsic staining, but professional whitening can break down stains inside your tooth and improve it from the inside out.
People who have whiter teeth are generally more confident in various areas of their lives – from personal relationships to how they handle themselves at work. This makes whitening a great investment from a psychological point of view, as well as a cosmetic one!
For more benefits of professional teeth whitening, visit Hamlin Modern Dentistry in Winter Garden, FL. Call 407-993-6370 to schedule an appointment today.