Maybe sometimes you hide them when you laugh. Maybe they make you feel uncomfortable in social situations. Perhaps you didn’t do so well at your last job interview because you were concerned the interviewers were looking at them. If so, you need to ask yourself if the appearance of your teeth is holding you back from living the way you want?
Yellow or darkened teeth can be horribly embarrassing for some people, which is why teeth whitening has become very popular in recent years. Why struggle through the situations mentioned before when you can meet them confidently, and with a bright white smile to boot?
With that said, the following are just some of the reasons why you should get your teeth whitened by a professional:
As you age and the enamel in your teeth breaks down, they can start to look darkened or discoloured. Also, if you eat or drink certain things like tea, or smoke, your teeth can become stained. There are a few options for whitening your teeth, such as an over-the-counter gel and whitening ingredients integrated into toothpaste. However, gels and toothpaste will only whiten your teeth by a shade or two. Getting your teeth whitened professionally provides a much deeper and more comprehensive whitening, leaving your teeth as bright as they can be.
All whitening products contain some amount and form of peroxide bleach. The longer your teeth are exposed to this bleach, the whiter they can become. At-home remedies can take weeks to produce visible results. The gel treatment involves placing the gel on your teeth once or even twice a day for up to 30 days. This not only takes a long time, but it’s also an inconvenience. Professional whitening takes up to an hour over a few sessions and will leave your teeth looking much brighter than they would after a 30-day treatment.
Having your teeth whitened professionally means your teeth will be scrubbed and bleached by the best and strongest products available. The peroxide bleach in a professional whitening solution can get up to 40%, while the strongest at-home solutions max out at 20%. That strength is why it takes a shorter time to work. Plus, the technician will also use special lights and heat to be able to make the process even more effective.
If you choose to have your teeth whitened professionally, then you can be sure that your progress will be monitored by a professional at all times to ensure things are going as they should. While whitening is not necessarily dangerous, peroxide can be harmful if used improperly. Also, your teeth can be “over whitened” if not done correctly. This happens when the teeth are overexposed to bleach and the teeth become damaged and sensitive. Professionals will monitor bleach use and make sure your teeth remain healthy throughout the entire process.
None of us want to go through life being scared to laugh or smile at life’s great pleasures. By getting your teeth whitened professionally, you won’t need to worry about hiding your mouth or feeling embarrassed anymore. Check with your dentist to make sure you’re a candidate to have your teeth whitened to a brighter whiter shine.