Teeth whitening is one of the easiest ways to improve your smile. It is quick, affordable, non-invasive, and a popular procedure at Premier Dental & Oral Health Group in Lake Ozark. Though some patients experience short-term sensitivity, most experience no tooth whitening pain at all.
If you have looked into teeth whitening systems, you probably already know the essentials. The one thing they have in common is that they use a solution containing peroxide to remove the stains that have settled in the natural microscopic cracks in your tooth enamel.
There are many DIY teeth bleaching treatments available, and it seems like new ones appear every time you visit the toothpaste row at your grocery store.
These tooth whitening strips and pens can sometimes lighten your teeth a few shades, but the peroxide concentration is much lower than the whitening solutions used in our office. It may not be powerful enough for your tooth stains.
Tooth whitening offered at mall kiosks is risky, too. Most of these businesses have no professional oversight and the employees have little dental training.
We recommend that you use extreme caution when considering a take-home tooth whitener. If you have tooth decay, gum recession, crowns, or veneers, you definitely need professional guidance.
The section of your teeth below the gumline, if exposed, may react differently to tooth whitener. Furthermore, the peroxide solution does not noticeably whiten crowns and veneers. If you use a DIY tooth whitener on teeth with extensive porcelain restorations, you should probably hope it doesn’t whiten too much – you may end up with a two- or three-tone smile!
Even though teeth whitening seems easy, your teeth deserve a professional opinion. Call us for one at Premier Dental & Oral Health Group in Lake Ozark. Teeth whitening is just one of our cosmetic dentistry services.
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