The Best Way to Achieve Your Whitest Smile
The convenience factor and cost-effective nature of DIY whitening kits tend to draw in many as they stroll past the colorful holographic boxes in the tooth care aisle of a drug store. While it is possible to achieve whiter teeth with an at-home kit, there are a variety of reasons that one should consider enlisting a professional to perform the treatment. In my 35 years of practicing dentistry, I have treated many patients that have tried the at-home whitening route and still end up in my office for a professional-grade treatment. Here are 4 of the reasons that so many have chosen to have their teeth professionally whitened.
Faster Results. As the saying goes, time is money. While you may achieve whiter teeth with an over-the-counter kit, it will inevitably take significantly longer than a professional whitening treatment. For example, an in-office whitening treatment such as Zoom!® can achieve maximum results in 3 – 15 minute treatments. Many at home treatments claim that you can see results in 1 treatment but go on to say that maximum results will not be reached for up to 4 weeks. In addition, many of these treatment must remain on the teeth for 30 – 45 minutes per treatment.
Better Results. Professional treatments can whiten teeth up to 10 shades, results varying by case and discoloration severity. Many DIY kits state that the same results can be achieved at home, but many user reviews indicate otherwise. Being that one cannot purchase products with the same concentration levels of peroxide, the main whitening ingredient, as that which a dentist uses, this is really no surprise. Professional dental products are significantly more potent than those that can be purchased by the consumer; therefore, specific training must completed in order for a dentist to administer professional-level whitening products.
Longer Lasting Results. With proper maintenance, professional whiting treatments can last for upwards of a year and for some even longer. At-home kits users must remain in a constant cycle of use in order to maintain the whitening effects of the products. Considering the gum irritation that can come along with continual use of whitening products, it can be very difficult — and even dangerous — for one to continually achieve the level of white desired with an over-the-counter product.
Professional Oversight. The ingredients contained within teeth whitening products can cause side effects, such as sensitivity and gum irritation. When a professional performs the treatments, he or she is trained to prevent these side effects as much as possible. Additionally, the results obtained by a professional treatment also tend to be more consistent than those of a DIY treatment. A professional will ensure that your teeth are evenly covered and treated by the product. On the other hand, it’s quite easy to leave portions of the teeth untreated with an at-home kit, especially white strips.
Everyone wants a bright, beautiful smile, as it’s one of the first things that people notice upon meeting a person. With the many whitening options available to consumers in today’s market, it can be difficult to decide which option is best. Before purchasing a DIY kit, research your professional options as well so that you can make an informed decision. If you would like more information on Zoom!® professional teeth whitening or any other cosmetic dentistry services, please contact me. It would be my pleasure to help you achieve the smile you’ve always dreamed of having.