Being the owner of a glowing smile with not a stain in sight is the desire of many of us. However, what is the best way to achieve this perfectly white set of teeth? While it can be tempting to go for the do-it-yourself option, it is much safer and more effective to have your teeth whitened by a professional. In this article, we outline why professional teeth whitening is the best option for whitening your teeth.
What is teeth whitening?
In simple terms, teeth whitening involves bleaching your teeth to lighten their color by several shades. It involves applying either hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide to your teeth, both are active ingredients and, as they break down, oxygen is allowed into the enamel on your teeth making it lighter.
Why choose professional teeth whitening?
Professional tooth whitening is safer
As described above, whitening your teeth involves putting some pretty heavy-duty chemicals into your mouth which requires professional expertise to get right. As a form of dentistry, only those who are regulated dental professionals should carry out the work. This may include dental hygienists and therapists as well as dentists themselves.
A dental professional will take an impression of your teeth in order to create a mouth guard that fits perfectly on your gums. This is then worn on your gums when the whitening agents are applied so that they are protected. At-home whitening kits will not have a bespoke mouth guard for you and so the bleaching gel may leak onto your gums causing them to blister. While not all of the whitening procedures will happen in the dentist’s chair, they will teach you how to apply the gel yourself safely.
You could damage your teeth
Without professional advice and oversight, it is difficult to know how to get teeth whitening right and this could serve to cause irreparable damage to your teeth. It is often most effective to use higher percentage whitening solutions on your teeth for a short period of time. However, many novice teeth whiteners will leave the high-strength solution on for longer than is advised which causes tooth sensitivity by dehydrating the teeth. You may then find that you experience pain when eating certain foods such as ice cream.
Professional teeth whitening is more effective
Teeth whitening by a professional is generally much quicker and more effective than at-home kits. As a professional is trained to deliver this procedure, they are able to use higher strength peroxide solutions with the addition of equipment that generates heat and light to speed up the process, meaning these strong chemicals do not need to be left on your teeth for very long.
When you get your teeth whitened by a professional, you will also receive the benefit of having your teeth checked out at the same time. This not only means you can maintain the health of your teeth, but the professional can assure you that your teeth are ready for this treatment. With a professional in the realm, you will not only receive a more effective whitening treatment but the confidence that your teeth are in good hands.
Whitening your teeth yourself can lead to damaging both your teeth and your gums and mean that you don’t achieve the whitening effect you were after. By opting for a professional to do the job for you, you’re not only investing in a whiter smile you will also be protecting and maintaining your oral health overall. Be sure to discuss all of these options with your dentist so that you know what the right course of action is for you to achieve that brighter smile.