Nothing compares to the confidence of a bright, gleaming smile. Your smile is the first thing most people see when you greet them, and a white smile is youthful and attractive.
Over the years, what you eat and drink, and even normal wear and tear can leave your smile looking dark and discolored. The good news is, you don’t have to live with a dull smile. You can brighten your smile with regular home dental hygiene and professional whitening treatment. Professional whitening is the safest, fastest and most effective way to give you the dazzling smile you deserve.
Over-The-Counter and At-Home DIY Teeth Whitening vs. Professional Whitening
Although there are a variety of teeth whitening products available, their effectiveness varies, and using them without consulting your dentist may cause unwanted side effects and cause other problems.
Over-the-counter whitening products are effective in removing extrinsic, or surface stains on the teeth. Most of these products have a side effect of sensitivity and can often yield poor results because the are limited to the enamel only. Whitening toothpastes are abrasive and can wear away tooth enamel after prolonged use. Thinning enamel can lead to sensitivity and may actually darken teeth over time.
Professional whitening is effective at removing both extrinsic and intrinsic discoloration of teeth. In essence, professional whitening is literally bleaching the tooth to change the color completely. Professional whitening uses stronger ingredients than over-the-counter products which yields better results. Professional products tend to cause less sensitivity than over-the-counter products, although sensitivity may still occur. Professional whitening is monitored by a dental professional to ensure safety and adequate results.
DIY At-Home products are not recommended by dental professionals and not supported by the ADA.
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