Even though our teeth start out shiny and white, they eventually lose their brightness. In recent years, many patients have begun using do-it-yourself teeth whitening kits that you can find in any pharmacy or grocery store.
While effective, these take-home kits can have adverse effects on your teeth. This is why we here at Reason To Smile Dental recommend that you visit our Salt Lake City office to get a professional teeth whitening.
Pitfalls of Do-It-Yourself Teeth Whitening Kits
There are several different methods of at-home teeth whitening kits. They can come as whitening trays, whitening strips, and even paint-on films. While they can effectively whiten your teeth, they can come with some unwelcome side effects.
For example, unlike professional teeth whitening services, do-it-yourself kits can leave you with uneven results. The only thing worse than having stained teeth is having half a smile of white teeth and half a smile of discolored teeth.
Additionally, with do-it-yourself teeth whitening kits there is always the risk of over-bleaching. Not only can this be harmful to your gums, but it can also cause your teeth to become transparent over time. Over bleaching can cause major damage to the enamel on your teeth, which can actually lead to a greater risk of tooth decay or tooth damage.
Advantages of a Professional Teeth Whitening
With all these adverse side effects that at-home teeth whitening kits can have on your teeth, it should be no surprise that we recommend you get a professional teeth whitening done instead. In addition to lacking these side effects, here are some of the added benefits of getting your teeth professionally whitened:
- Dentist Supervised: One of the reasons professional teeth whitenings lack the side effects of over-the-counter whitening products is that it is dentist supervised. We are able to protect your gums from chemical damage and we will ensure your teeth are not over bleached.
- Additional Check-Ups: When you get a professional teeth whitening, your dentist will be able to check the overall health of your mouth. We will be able to notice any abnormalities and even do an oral cancer screening.
- Whiter Teeth in One Session: Many do-it-yourself teeth whitening methods take multiple applications before you notice a difference. With a professional teeth whitening, your teeth will be restored to their original color in less than an hour.
Get a Professional Teeth Whitening Today!
Here at Reason To Smile Dental, we use the Zoom! Teeth Whitening method because of its effectiveness. In 45 minutes we can make your teeth up to 8 shades whiter. We can also send you home with a safe-to-use tooth-whitening system. Unlike over-the-counter whitening systems, this is safe and can help keep your teeth whiter long after your professional teeth whitening.
If you are interested in having a professional teeth whitening, you can contact our Salt Lake City office here or call us at (801) 719-5447 to schedule an appointment today.