Considering Teeth Whitening? Have your teeth changed the shade of white you had from your last visit to the dentist?
Teeth whitening is a great idea, it will give you your confidence and help you to improve your smile. There are two main options available: home whitening kits or whitening with a professional dentist. This advice should help you to decide which of these options is best for you.
Home Teeth Whitening Kits
These kits are available from a wide-range of places. You can find them in health and beauty stores and drugs stores. They include everything that you will need to whiten your teeth in the comfort of your own home.
Buying a home whitening kit is normally much less effor than visiting a professional cosmetic dentist. However, these kits are only suitable for treating very light staining and minor discoloration. Due to health and safety regulations, (which differ between states) most kits only contain a very weak whitening solution. This way the chemical effects are limited – for your protection. Despite the fact that the solution is weaker, if it is misused or mishandled, it can cause minor burns and a stinging sensation on your lips, tongue and gums. Always follow the directions.
Teeth Whitening by Your Dentist
If you have heavier staining or discoloration we prefer that you get it done by a professional. Visit us, cosmetic dentist New Image Dental.
Although seeing a dentist is more effort, many people prefer to have the support and guidance of their dentist. The dentists are able to achieve much better results than home kits. Different techniques (such as laser activated whitening) and stronger whitening solutions provide safer and whiter teeth – better outcome. The dentist may require you to perform some parts of the whitening process at home without supervision. We will give you full instructions and you can call with any questions.
For example, the dentist can create a personal mouth guard. This mouth guard has been molded to your teeth, and then ask you to use a custom made solution in conjunction. Because the solution will also be custom made to your particular needs, you will be able to get your teeth to their natural shade or whiter.
Remember to always follow the directions and you can always call or stop by our Inglewood dental office. Questions? Make an appointment online or call us.