05 Mar Professional Teeth Whitening – Why It’s Your Best Option
We all dream of sparkling pearly whites, but not everyone is blessed with a naturally white smile.
You could try whitening toothpaste or giving up your morning cup of Joe, but nothing will give you the dream smile you’re looking for quite like professional teeth whitening.
Before we discuss the benefits of professional teeth whitening, let’s look at what causes our smiles to yellow:
- Stains from dark drinks like coffee, tea, and soda
- Wearing down of enamel through chewing, grinding, and acidic foods, exposing the yellow dentin underneath
- Genetics affecting the thickness of your enamel, and the yellowness of your dentin.
- Age, illness, or injury
Some people might fear professional whitening, worried that it’ll damage their smile or result in sensitivity. When done correctly, most of those worries are merely myths. Let’s look a little closer at what’s true and what’s false when it comes to teeth whitening solutions.
Can’t I Just Use Whitening Toothpaste?
Whitening toothpaste seem to work to an extent because they’re abrasive in nature, removing the superficial stains on top of your enamel. However, very few dentists recommend using this method of whitening because it has little to no effect. The chemicals in whitening pastes don’t make contact with your teeth for long enough to actually result in any significant long-lasting whitening. Not only that, but these types of abrasive solutions can actually damage teeth by wearing them down and scraping away dentin and enamel.
What About Whitening Strips?
Whitening strips are more effective than whitening toothpaste because the chemicals in them sit on the teeth for a longer time. However, since they come in direct contact with your gums, they can cause mouth sores and irritation. Personalized trays are always a better option than strips, but if you’d prefer to use strips, ask your dentist which ones they’d recommend.
Does Swishing Hydrogen Peroxide Whiten Teeth?
Most dentists will tell you “no” and will advise against the habit of swishing hydrogen peroxide to achieve a whiter smile because it can result in free radical reactions – aging living tissue.
What are the Advantages of Professional Teeth Whitening?
Leaving your teeth whitening up to the professionals is your best bet if you want fast, long-lasting results that won’t leave your teeth damaged or your mouth sore. We offer in-office whitening solutions as well as take home whitening trays. Our dentists are trained to help you achieve the smile of your dreams in as little time possible.Medical Arts Dental is your one-stop solution to all your dentistry needs – including teeth whitening. Stop in or call us today to discuss how we can make your smile your new favorite feature.