Is Home Teeth Whitening the Best Bleaching Choice for You?

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December 28 2010

Getting your teeth their whitest

Teeth whitening is the process of eliminating or reducing stains and discoloration from the tooth surface. This is generally accomplished through a bleaching process to make them look whiter.

Depending on a person’s dental heath, and the food they eat, teeth can become dark, yellow, or even grey; keeping them from looking their best all the time. This often leads to diminished self-esteem and worry over first impressions. While some people elect to whiten their teeth in their own bathroom, it is not quite as effective, as the kind of treatment one will get at the dentist’s office. There are many ways to whiten and brighten your teeth, including: bleaching strips, a bleaching pen, bleaching gel, laser bleaching, and natural bleaching.

The benefit of having your teeth whitened by Mercer Dental Associates, Arlington TX dental professionals, is that they can use stronger and safer processes than found with home-whitening kits. 

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In addition, the dentist will isolate your gums and lips with a protective material to prevent any possible damage or burning of the soft tissues in your mouth. With several of the high-strength home whitening kits, patients have recently attracted media attention with stories of badly burnt lips and gums. Sensitive teeth are much more prone to burning sensations if whitened without professional supervision.

Whitening your teeth at a Plano dentistry office will allow your dentist to recommend the best procedure for your teeth. Each type of professional whitening procedure has pros and cons, yet another reason to have a professional provide you with this service. The most popular professional teeth whitening systems are Zoom!, Opalescence, BriteSmile and the latest Enlighten system.

Just as each whitening system has their own strengths and weaknesses, each individual person will also have equally varied results. Some people could have dramatic whitening of their teeth, while another person may show nothing at all. This doesn’t mean the product doesn’t work, it just means that this was not the right product for you. 

Your dentist’s advice is vital in determining the most successful procedure for you in order to achieve the most stunning result.

Dentists are trained in how to give you the results that you can’t achieve at home. Patients needing this process have devitalized teeth that have undergone endodontic therapy but are discolored due to internal staining of the tooth. Unlike external whitening, which brightens the teeth from the outside in, this process does the reverse and whitens teeth from the inside out. Instead of bleaching agents, your teeth are whitened by drilling a hole into the pulp chamber and then cleaning, sealing and filling the canal with a sealing substance. A peroxide gel is then placed directly into the pulp chamber to work on the dentin layer.

Be sure to visit your Garland dental specialist today to discuss and determine the best procedure for you. Your bright, white, and beautiful movie-star smile is waiting for you.