Do you worry that teeth whitening is unsafe for your teeth? Perhaps you tried an over the counter whitening toothpaste or strip and noticed increased sensitivity to hot and cold beverages. Many people develop tooth sensitivity after using over the counter whitening products. Fortunately, professional teeth whitening treatments utilize potent, prescription-strength solutions that do not increase permanent tooth sensitivity. If tooth sensitivity occurs, it is only temporary and subsides after a few days. If a smile-enhancing treatment like teeth whitening interests you, we recommend scheduling a consultation with our cosmetic dentist.
Are professional teeth whitening treatments effective?
Yes, professional teeth whitening treatments are very effective. In fact, professional whitening can brighten the shade of teeth up to ten shades. The reason professional whitening is effective is because our team only utilizes stable, potent formulas that can penetrate the enamel surface of teeth to lift deep, dark stains. Moreover, patients receiving teeth whitening services from our practice are under the care of our dentist. This means that those in treatment will have the expert guidance of a professional to prevent potential issues.
Why are store bought whitening products problematic?
Store bought whitening products such as strips, rinses, and toothpastes may have unstable formulas due to being transported in excessively hot or cold conditions. In addition to issues with transportation, formulas may become unstable when seals and containers are removed or opened. Whitening toothpastes typically contain abrasives to assist with removing surface stains. While surface stains can dull teeth a couple shades, using toothpaste with abrasive ingredients can weaken tooth enamel and exacerbate tooth sensitivity. Sometimes, people develop sensitivity after using over the counter whitening products excessively. Since the results of store bought products are often disappointing, people may think they should use these products longer or more often. Overuse of teeth whitening products can permanently damage teeth and increase sensitivity.
If you have questions about your cosmetic dentistry treatment options, call our office to reserve a smile makeover consultation. We offer a number of treatments that can enhance any person’s appearance.