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The search for a brighter smile and whiter teeth is a popular one, and many people are interested in whitening remedies to address their discoloured teeth.
If you are considering a whitening treatment, there are some benefits you can enjoy.
A key benefit is the aesthetics of having your teeth whitened, as many patients like the physical appearance of bright white teeth.
One of the benefits of teeth whitening is that it can encourage better oral hygiene, as people may be motivated to take better care of their teeth after using teeth whitening products.
There are a lot of whitening products available for at-home whitening, including toothpastes for scrubbing stained teeth, and strips or gels with whitening agents. However, there are some clear benefits to a professional teeth whitening treatment.
One of the key benefits of professional teeth whitening is more immediate and dramatic results compared to over-the-counter products. These over-the-counter products generally only lighten teeth by one to two shades, and take several applications to work, or lighten very gradually over time, such as in the case of whitening toothpastes.
With a cosmetic dentistry treatment, a dentist can use a professional strength whitening solution safely. This results in whiter teeth than is ever achievable with over-the-counter products. For deep stains and seriously discolored teeth, professional treatments are best.
A dentist can offer you a professional whitening session that will remove deep stains and lighten even deeply discolored teeth.
Professional teeth whitening is safer for oral health, since you are supervised by a dental professional who makes sure your teeth are in good enough condition to undergo whitening. Your dentist's office will ensure you don't have tooth decay, gum disease, tooth trauma, or other conditions that could be aggravated by tooth whitening treatments.
There are specific key ways that professional teeth whitening treatments are safer than attempting to whiten on your own.
Many natural remedies and over-the-counter products work by using abrasives to scrub extrinsic stains (stains on the surface of your teeth) away, which can excessively wear away your tooth enamel, or are highly acidic, which also damages and thins tooth enamel.
In both cases, the thinner enamel lets the underlying dentin, which is yellow, to show through and causing more yellowed teeth.
This thinning of the enamel from acidity or abrasiveness can also lead to sensitive teeth.
Other over-the-counter teeth whitening kits that use hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide can also cause sensitive teeth and gum recession as they bleach away surface stains to whiten teeth.
Your dentist will also make sure you will actually benefit from the treatment and that it will address the cause of your discolouration.
Your dentist checks your teeth thoroughly and can advise you if tooth whitening is not a good option for you. Patients that have thin enamel, several fillings, and certain other considerations, may require different solutions such as crowns or veneers.
Professional whitening treatments deliver a bright smile more safely, while ensuring healthy enamel. However, you can get the same results conveniently at home, if you prefer. This means you do not have to risk trying a commercial whitening treatment, and can still do your treatment under the supervision of your dentist.
Professional whitening can either be done in-office, for the fastest results, or your dentist can give you custom trays with professional-grade whitening gel to do at home. Your dentist will make sure you are a good candidate for either treatment, and that it will be effective for you.
At Wonsch Dental, we examine your mouth to ensure a whitening treatment will provide results, and that your tooth discolouration is not due to poor oral health or other issues that will not be helped by whitening.
We also offer a wide range of other dental treatments for cosmetic and health benefits, to help you with your family dentistry needs.
1. What are the benefits of teeth whitening products and treatments in general?
Teeth whitening offers improved aesthetics, providing a brighter and whiter smile. It can also encourage better oral hygiene habits as individuals become motivated to care for their teeth after whitening.
2. What are the benefits of professional teeth whitening over at-home products?
Professional teeth whitening offers more noticeable and immediate results compared to over-the-counter options. The use of professional-strength solutions ensures superior whitening, especially for deep stains and severe discoloration. Additionally, professional treatments are safer, supervised by a dentist to prevent complications.
3. How does professional teeth whitening provide safer results compared to natural treatments or over-the-counter products?
Professional whitening treatments are supervised by dental professionals who ensure your oral health is suitable for whitening. Unlike some natural remedies or abrasive over-the-counter products, professional treatments minimize risks such as enamel thinning and tooth sensitivity.
4. Can at-home treatments lead to tooth enamel damage and sensitivity?
Yes, some at-home whitening kits that use abrasive substances or strong bleaching agents can damage tooth enamel and lead to tooth sensitivity. This can result in thinner enamel, revealing the yellow dentin underneath and causing increased tooth discoloration.
5. How does a dentist ensure I'm a good candidate for professional teeth whitening?
Dentists thoroughly examine your teeth to determine if teeth whitening is suitable for you. They consider factors like enamel thickness, existing dental work, and overall oral health. If teeth whitening isn't appropriate, alternatives like crowns or veneers might be recommended.
6. Can I achieve professional teeth whitening results at home?
Yes, you can achieve professional teeth whitening results at home under the guidance of your dentist. They may provide custom trays and professional-grade whitening gel for at-home use, ensuring both effectiveness and safety.
7. How does Wonsch Dental help with teeth whitening and other dental needs?
At Wonsch Dental, we assess your oral condition to determine the suitability of whitening treatments and address any underlying issues. Our range of dental treatments, including cosmetic and family dentistry services, caters to various needs, promoting both health and aesthetic benefits.
Wonsch Dental are caring professionals who will answer all of your questions. We offer a range of general and comprehensive dental services in Windsor, including teeth whitening products and treatments, so you can have all your care in one place that knows you. Visit us at 3090 Dougall Ave. Suite 306 Windsor, ON Canada N9E 1S4, or call us at 5192586812.