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Time For Teeth Whitening: 2 Reasons To Choose A Dentist Applied Whitening Option

by Brett Clark

Now that the busy days of summer are behind us, it's time to turn your mind back to getting things done for yourself that you never have time for during the heydays of summer. For example, now is the perfect time to catch up with your cosmetic dentist to organise teeth whitening. You have plenty of time in your day to attend the whitening appointments, and you can have beautiful pearly whites before winter arrives and discourages you from wanting to leave the house.

There are two good reasons to get your teeth whitening done professionally this year, so consider these points before you make your dentist appointment.

Dentist teeth whitening is more effective than at-home options

Sure, it's easy to argue that at-home teeth whitening is the best option because it is the most convenient. It is true you can fill the whitening tray with gel and allow your teeth to change colour while you are watching your favourite drama show on TV. However, most convenient does not equal most effective.

Regulations have been in force since 2013 which limit the percentage of hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide in at-home whitening agents. However, trained dentists can use higher percentages than these in their dental practice. That means if you want the strongest whitening gels, you need to visit your dentist.

The next point is the difference in safety between doing it at home versus having your dentist take care of this task.

Dentist teeth whitening is less damaging that at-home options

You already know there are chemicals in teeth whitening products used to brighten your teeth, but are you aware of the damage they can do if you get the process wrong? Burns on the gums, permanent tooth sensitivity, or damaged enamel are all examples of what can happen when the whitening gel is incorrectly applied.

An experienced dentist knows exactly what strength to use and how long to leave it applied to your teeth. At a dentist's office, you are under constant supervision while the whitening takes place, so there is minimal chance of permanent damage occurring.

Don't take the easy way out and attempt to whiten your teeth at home. The risk of damage to your teeth or gums is not worth it. It is better to book appointments with your dentist and get the process done under their care. You will end up with a brighter, cleaner smile when you let the professionals take care of this for you.