Sparkling white teeth have become the new standard for a beautiful smile. Everyone wants a bright white smile, and there are hundreds of treatments at your drug store that all claim to produce dramatic results.
But are store-bought whitening products safe for your teeth? Is it a good idea to use over-the-counter products, or should you trust your Pico Rivera dentist to get the bright smile you want?
Teeth Whitening Is Safe when Done by a Dentist
Recently, five cosmetic dentists weighed in on the safety of teeth whitening. Their responses were unanimous – teeth whitening is safe only when supervised by your dentist.
Custom-Fit Whitening Trays
Professional take-home whitening kits include customized trays made by taking impressions of your teeth. The result is a fit that closely follows the contours of your teeth, so the whitening gel comes into contact with all surfaces of your teeth.
Over-the-counter kits offer one-size-fits-all trays that don’t fit well. The whitening gel can seep out under the tray and irritate and damage sensitive gum tissue.
Higher Concentration of Whiteners
Store-bought products use a low concentration of whiteners that are safe for most people to use. Only a dentist can prescribe products in higher concentrations to deliver faster and better results.
Some non-professional products don’t contain a whitening agent, only abrasives that lift stains but also damage tooth enamel.
Support from Professionals You Trust
When you use over-the-counter products, you’re on your own. If something goes wrong, or you experience sensitivity or irritation, there’s no one to call for help.
Professional teeth whitening in Pico Rivera guarantees that there's always a professional to turn to for advice or if you don’t see the results you were expecting.
Call PhD Dental for the Bright Smile You Want
The experts say that whitening your teeth is safe when supervised by a dental professional. If you would like to schedule an appointment for teeth whitening, please call our LA, Inglewood, Lynwood, or Pico Rivera dental office to get started.