Whiter teeth can help patients smile with confidence. However, teeth can become discolored due to age, genetics, medications, tobacco use, and other factors. While you can purchase at-home kits from the store that promise results after just a few uses, these over-the-counter products typically don’t offer the same high-quality results that professional teeth-whitening services can deliver. In-office treatments allow dentists to whiten the teeth in a single visit. At Carlston Dental Group, this treatment typically involves a higher concentration of bleaching agent and a light source to help break down stains on the enamel surface.
Professional Teeth Whitening Vs. Over-the-Counter Whitening Products
There has always been a big difference between professional teeth whitening products and over-the-counter ones, which remains true today. Professional teeth whitening can help restore your teeth' natural brightness by removing the stains and debris built up over the years. Most patients see results after one treatment, but others may need a second one.
Professional whitening is more effective than over-the-counter products. These products are too weak to remove the deeper stains and yellowing that build up over time. They may be able to remove surface stains, but they won’t change the underlying color of the enamel. It would help if you worked with a dentist for professional teeth whitening for the most dramatic improvements.
The Benefits of Professional Teeth Whitening
First, you should know that there is such a thing as too much whitening. Over-whitening can leave your teeth looking unnaturally white and translucent. Excessive whitening can also weaken your tooth enamel, which protects the inside of your teeth from bacteria.
Also, over-the-counter products are less intense than those provided by your dentist. They are generally made with the same active ingredients but in lower concentrations. This means it will take longer to see any results, and you will need to use them more frequently. You risk damaging your gums or wearing down your enamel if you use an OTC product for too long.
Your dentist will be able to evaluate your teeth and determine which type of whitening is best for you. They may recommend a professional treatment if you have sensitive teeth, gum recession, or restorations on your teeth. You may also need a professional-grade whitening treatment if you have stains caused by tetracycline antibiotic use or deep intrinsic stains that have not responded to other treatments.
Many patients are self-conscious about the appearance of their smiles because they are unhappy with the color of their teeth. If this is you, visit Carlston Dental Group at 2472 Overland Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90064, or call (310) 838-0844 to talk to our dentist about teeth whitening options to improve the look of your smile.