If you are unhappy with the color of your teeth, you may be considering trying to whiten them. Though the aisle at the supermarket is filled with ways to do this, it may not be in your best interest. It is often better to have your dentist whiten your teeth.
Here are some reasons why.
It works better. When you go to the dentist’s office to have your teeth cleaned, they are able to use a stronger solution. In addition, they may use heat, light, or both to speed up the whole process. In fact, your dentist should be able to get your teeth three to eight shades brighter in just a few visits.
It is better for the health of your teeth. Your dentist will likely clean your teeth and fix any cavities that you may have, prior to whitening your teeth. Not only will your teeth be healthier, the treatment will also be more effective (and last longer) because you are starting with clean and healthy teeth.
Doing so at home comes with risks. Peroxide can damage your teeth, especially if it is left on too long. Not only could you find yourself with extra tooth sensitivity, but you may also experience gum irritation and weakened teeth.
You could also make it worse. People will really bad stains need to see a professional if they want to have the best results. There are times when kits at home will actually make the problem look worse, instead of better!
Though it may cost more to have your teeth whitened by your dentist, it is in your best interest to have it done there. Otherwise, you could make the problem worse or even damage your teeth. Your dentist will make sure that your teeth are clean and looking their best before they start with the whitening process. It also works a lot better in a shorter amount of time because your dentist can use a stronger solution.