25th May 2016
Why go to the dentist for teeth whitening over home whitening kits
When we feel happy with our smiles, we are naturally more confident. There’s an extra spring in our step and the smile we present to the world is natural and radiant. Did you know that a great smile is more likely to make you attractive to others, both for friendship and romance? It’s also more likely to get you a promotion at work, or the job you really want. It really is the little things in life that matter when it comes to getting ahead, and those little things are our teeth!
Have stained or discoloured teeth is not your fault. Our teeth lose their natural white sheen due to the food and drink choices we make. Tea, coffee, curry, berries and all manner of other edibles all contribute to this. The good news is we don’t need to let discoloured teeth affect our confidence. Teeth whitening is an effective, long lasting treatment that will reverse discolouration. In this post, we’re going to look at whether the whitening treatment you can get at your dentist’s is any better than the whitening kits you can buy over the counter.
Home teeth whitening kits
Many pharmacies sell them and you can even get them online, so purchasing a teeth whitening kit is not difficult. They work in a similar way, to the professional treatment with special gel and a mouth tray as the tools. However, given that home products cannot provide a gel anywhere near as strong as the one used by professional dentists, (as the kit is designed to be used by non clinicians), there’s a good chance that one kit won’t be enough to achieve the desired effects.
The colour may also be unpredictable. It may difficult to get a good colour in all the right places on your first attempt, simply because you presumably haven’t received any formal cosmetic dental training! Embarrassing to discover your teeth are suddenly a lot whiter on just one side of your mouth!
Other problems that may occur with the home whitening kits are your gums becoming irritated by having to fit in a one-size-fits-all mouth tray and the whitening that you do experience may not last very long. Some treatments only last for 6 months, which is not long considering that the kits are not cheap. In conclusion, home kits are not all bad. You might spend a bit of money on several kits, while you achieve the right effects and they might not last very long, but over time they can be effective up to a point. Now, let’s have a look at professional treatments:
Professional teeth whitening treatment
As your teeth whitening treatment will be carried out by trained professionals at the Lion Dental Care clinic, who will give you an air polish prior to the whitening, you can expect perfect results after just one session. Your teeth may change colour by up to eight shades, but your smile won’t be unnatural. It will be radiant, with even colour on both sides.
Stubborn stains will be removed, even on unhealthy teeth and your new winning smile will presumably start working its magic as soon as you leave the surgery. We use only the best materials, trays which are custom-made to fit your mouth and we’ll even advise you on how to keep the colour for longer.
If you’d like predictably great results, booking a professional teeth whitening with us is a good idea. However, if you are planning to buy a home kit, it’s a good idea to get a dental check up beforehand. We will be able to to help you take precautions to protect your root surfaces and help you avoid exacerbated tooth sensitivity, which is a side effect of all whitening treatments. Plus, you’d like to just check that your tooth colour is due to natural causes and not some underlying condition, wouldn’t you? Please give us a call.