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Five Ways That Professional Tooth Whitening Beats Shelf Brands

Five Ways That Professional Tooth Whitening Beats Shelf Brands


Whiter teeth can make a huge difference in the appearance of your smile, which is why tooth whitening treatments have soared in popularity. A trip to any drug store or supermarket reveals a plethora of whitening strips, gels, toothpastes, bleaches, trays, and mouthwashes. Of course, dentists also offer several professional options, which are available only through their offices.

With so many whitening treatments available, choosing the right one for you can be an enormous challenge. Should you choose a professional treatment or an over-the-counter option? After all, dentist-provided procedures typically cost more than do-it-yourself treatments, so why should you pay more for the same thing? In actuality, they are not the same thing at all. There are noticeable differences between professional whitening and shelf brands, and you are likely to achieve better results with dentist-provided options.

Types of Professional Tooth Whitening

Dentists typically offer two types of whitening treatment: in-office treatment and take-home bleaching. During in-office treatment, your dentist will carefully isolate your teeth and apply a powerful hydrogen peroxide-based whitening gel to your teeth. Many dentists then shine a specially formatted light on your teeth, which activates the gel and breaks up the stains on your teeth. Philips Zoom® and BriteSmile® are two popular brands of in-office whitening.

If you choose take-home methods of tooth whitening, your dentist will take impressions of your teeth and use them to fabricate custom-fit tooth whitening trays. You will fill these trays with a milder form of hydrogen peroxide-based whitening gel, and you will wear them daily for about 30 to 45 minutes for up to two weeks. Overnight options are also available. Both in-office and take-home professional whitening gel can lighten your teeth by up to eight shades in one course of treatment.

Advantages of Professional Tooth Whitening

While these professional treatments may sound similar to over-the-counter options, the results are quite different. The benefits of professional tooth whitening include:

1. Professional Tooth Whitening Is Safer.

Many over-the-counter teeth whitening treatments use products with an extremely high concentration of hydrogen peroxide, which can be quite dangerous to your oral health when you use it without professional supervision. Hydrogen peroxide can damage your gum tissue and lead to ongoing tooth sensitivity. Professional teeth whitening products are administered by your dentist and carefully monitored by the FDA and the American Dental Association, ensuring your continued dental health.

2. Professional Tooth Whitening Is More Effective.

While some shelf brand tooth whitening products contain a dangerous amount of chemicals, others contain such a low amount that they are really quite ineffectual. You may wind up purchasing several different products with little results.

3. Professional Tooth Whitening Is Customized for You.

Shelf-brand whitening is a kind of "one size fits all" treatment. When you receive tooth whitening from your dentist, you can work together to choose the right degree of whitening for you. In addition, professional whitening trays are custom-made to fit your mouth, making them more effective and protecting your gums from exposure to the whitening gel. Premade whitening trays cannot accommodate crooked teeth or an unusual bite.

4. Professional Tooth Whitening Is Better If You Have Sensitive Teeth

Tooth sensitivity results mostly from exposure of the nerves. During in-office whitening treatment, your dentist will carefully isolate your teeth and cover up the gum tissue, protecting the fragile nerves. However if you use do-it-your-self products, there is no way to isolate your teeth or prevent sensitivity.

5. Professional Tooth Whitening Is Faster.

In-office whitening treatment gives immediate results in just one 45- to 60-minute procedure. Shelf-brands can take weeks to produce results, and when they do, they can be quite minimal.

Find a Cosmetic Dentist

When it comes to your smile, you shouldn't settle for less. You deserve the best and most effective treatment available. To learn more about professional tooth whitening options and which one may be right for you, contact a cosmetic dentist in your area today.

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