A Brighter Smile for a Happier You
Teeth whitening is one of the most popular cosmetic dentistry treatments, and it's easy to see why. Dull, yellowed teeth not only affect our looks, they affect our confidence as well. While at-home and DIY teeth whitening treatments may be tempting, professional teeth whitening is the quickest, easiest, and most effective way to see a dramatic difference in the appearance of your smile.
Frequently Asked Questions About Teeth Whitening
There's a lot of contradictory information on the internet about teeth whitening. It's no surprise that patients often come to us confused and not sure where to start. Check out the answers to these frequently asked questions, and get in touch if there's anything else you'd like to know!
When done correctly, teeth whitening is a very safe treatment that can brighten your teeth for years to come. However, there are many at-home and do-it-yourself teeth whitening options that are both unsafe and ineffective—and it's not for everyone. Whitening treatments can affect tooth sensitivity and are not ideal for people who have certain oral health conditions. That's why we always recommend that you talk to a dental professional about your options before beginning any whitening treatment. You may be surprised at how easy and affordable professional teeth whitening can be.
While over-the-counter solutions are widely advertised, their effect is limited due to lower strength concentrations of whitening gels and their very difficult placement and application. Custom take-home trays and bleaching gels professionally supervised by your dental team provides more satisfying and durable results. Come in for a consultation to determine the best method and product choice for your situation.
There's been a lot of talk recently about the use of activated charcoal in all kinds of health and beauty products. While there is certainly anecdotal evidence of its ability to whiten and brighten teeth, the high abrasiveness of activated charcoal may actually cause damage to your gums, wearing down the enamel of your teeth over time if not used properly. Your best bet is to always ask your dentist before beginning any at-home whitening treatment.
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