Do you want a whiter, brighter smile? Today’s consumer market offers a wide range of teeth whitening options. We know it’s tempting to purchase off-the-shelf products for convenience and lower cost. However, did you know these products come with risks to your oral health and don’t produce consistent results? When a dentist performs teeth whitening for you, they have a wide range of experiences to ensure it is a healthy procedure.
The Risks of Over-the-Counter Teeth Whiteners
Most over-the-counter (OTC) teeth whiteners aren’t regulated, which means consumers do not know the concentration levels of the ingredients. While most whitening products are not dangerous to your health, it’s hard to understand the impact of these products on health without oversight or regulation.
Even without overt or extreme health risks, OTC whitening products have other risks. For example, if you have cavities, using OTC whiteners may exacerbate your pain or tooth’s damage. OTC whiteners can also lead to tooth sensitivity or gum irritation, especially with incorrect or overuse.
Finally, OTC whiteners do not work as well as professional teeth whitening. Without proper monitoring and fit, whitening strips and trays produce inconsistent results where some teeth or portions of teeth become whiter than others. Products like whitening toothpaste have little effect on the color of the teeth, and non-whitening toothpaste produces comparable results.
Overall, OTC whiteners don’t offer the results or consistency of professional teeth whitening. Plus, the lack of professional knowledge and observation could lead to unwanted issues with your oral health.
What Is Professional Tooth Whitening?
Professional teeth whitening includes a few different options to achieve a brighter smile. We most often recommend the KöR Whitening system, which offers multiple levels of treatment based on your specific needs. The system uses both in-office and at-home treatment solutions to achieve the best outcome.
We also offer Zoom!™ Teeth Whitening as an in-office teeth whitening procedure that uses a high-intensity light source to remove stains from the surface of the teeth. The process typically only takes one office visit and produces quick results.
Additionally, dentists offer custom tray teeth whitening, which requires more time to experience results but produces a practical option for ongoing, at-home teeth whitening.
The Benefits of Professional Teeth Whitening By A Dentist
At Atlanta Smiles, we minimize the risk of teeth whitening. Our highly trained dental team uses the best methods and considers your overall oral health. If you have issues like cavities, we develop a treatment plan to address those issues so that whitening doesn’t negatively impact your oral health. Instead, it becomes a valuable part of your overall treatment.
- Dental professionals monitor the process closely to ensure the correct level of whitening
- We use safe and effective whitening procedures
- We offer personalized care and attention throughout every step of the teeth whitening process
- Patients achieve improved oral health by removing stains and bacteria from the tooth’s surface
- We offer customized solutions based on individual needs
- Patients gain confidence in their smile and appearance
The best and safest way to achieve a whiter smile is with help from a professional dentist trained to perform teeth whitening services. The bottom line is you get a brightened smile without compromising your oral health.
Achieve Your Dream Smile
At Atlanta Smiles, we are passionate about creating healthy and beautiful smiles. We help patients achieve their dream smile with professional whitening services. Having a dentist perform teeth whitening is safe and secure. Even if you decide to use OTC whitening products, we recommend you schedule a dental checkup first to ensure your gums and teeth are healthy. After all, our primary goal is your overall health and wellness.
Contact us today to schedule a consultation to discuss whether teeth whitening is right for you.