Question: I really want to get my teeth a few shades lighter by the holidays, but am skeptical of over-the-counter teeth bleaching kits. Should I go with the kits? Or visit my dentist for professional teeth whitening?
This time of year, many people are considering teeth whitening as they head out to family gathering, work parties and holiday parties with friends. Having a smile that you can be proud of and show off is near the top of many people’s wish lists, so it makes sense that a bright, white smile is desired.
While both over-the-counter, store-bought whitening kits and dentist whitening systems can both be effective in whitening teeth, if you really want the best results, go with a dentist. The main reason why dentist-prepared whitening systems are better than store-bought kits is that the dental bleaching trays are fitted right to your teeth. Kits you’ll buy at the store will be more of a one size fits all tray. These universal trays mean that the whitening solution may not get evenly placed on your teeth, and that the solution could get on your gums an cause irritation and sensitivity. The dentist-prepared custom trays keep the whitening solution on your teeth, where you want it.
For this same reason, store-bought teeth whitening systems contain a lower grade solution than what you’ll get at the dentist because the companies don’t want to irritate your gums. At a dentist, you’ll get a stronger whitening solution that can make your teeth whiter faster, without getting the solution on your gum.
If you’re interested in learning how you can get your teeth up to SIX shades whiter in just one dental visit, contact the professionals at DentaLux today and ask about our professional whitening systems such as ZOOM and Sapphire Teeth whitening that can make your teeth brighter and whiter in just one visit. We also offer take-home custom whitening trays.