An attractive smile helps make a positive first impression, but for someone with stained or discolored teeth, smiling can be embarrassing. Insecurity with one’s smile and a hesitance to smile makes a person seem unapproachable and have a negative impact on their life. Fortunately, teeth whitening can help brighten a smile back to its former glow and restore a person’s confidence in their smile. For someone torn between choosing store-bought whitening kits, DIY natural teeth whitening remedies or professional in-office teeth whitening, it’s important to know which option is safest and most effective.
Types of tooth discoloration
The two main types of tooth discoloration are intrinsic and extrinsic. Intrinsic discoloration occurs with wear and age on the teeth. Extrinsic discoloration is the result of stains caused by certain food and drink, tobacco use or medications. Store bought teeth-whitening kits may be effective against extrinsic stains, but they can’t remedy the intrinsic discoloration as they deal only with surface stains. In-office teeth whitening treatments and other cosmetic treatments can address both types of stains and the dentist can thoroughly explain the procedures and expected results. Using DIY natural teeth whitening treatments may produce results, but they can also cause more harm than good, so it’s best to consult with a dental professional first.
Problems with DIY treatments
Although store-bought whitening kits aren’t as fast or effective as in-office dental treatments, they still have an advantage over DIY treatments found online because they’ve undergone rigorous lab tests to check for safety. The DIY treatments can contain questionable ingredients, and it’s nearly impossible to verify how safe and effective they are. Using teeth-whitening solutions with unproven results can harm teeth and even store-bought teeth whitening kits can cause tooth sensitivity or uneven results if not used properly. It’s easy to avoid these risks though when a person chooses professional teeth whitening from an experienced cosmetic dentist. The teeth whitening methods used in a dental office have scientifically proven results and are safer due to the direct supervision of dental professionals. The results of dental teeth whitening are also safer and more effective than DIY methods, or store bought kits.
Saving money by opting for DIY treatments can actually cost more if those treatments cause damage that requires professional dental restoration. Dental health is never an area to skimp on as adults only have one set of permanent teeth and preserving natural teeth is the main goal of any dental professional. In-office professional teeth whitening or take-home whitening kits from the dentist are the safest investment, and their proven results speak for themselves. Professional teeth whitening also reduces the potential for teeth sensitivity caused by DIY or store-bought teeth whitening treatments as dentists exercise extreme care when applying the whitening solutions.
Having a healthy, beautiful smile influences your life in multiple positive ways, and you should never risk the health of your gums or teeth with unproven teeth-whitening treatments. Professional teeth whitening from Chianese Dental is a safe, quick and effective investment in your dental and overall health.