Teeth Whitening is probably one of the most talked about dental procedures, and one of the ones that can have the biggest impact on your smile. For those with major stains on their teeth, many of the over-the-counter whitening products won’t make much of a difference. Because there are so many home whitening products available, it may seem that whitening your teeth is very easy. This is not always the case, and it’s important to understand the complications that can arise from teeth whitening procedures and products.
Is tooth whitening safe?
While generally safe, some whitening products can often cause tooth sensitivity. Sometimes this sensitivity can last quite a while. Professional teeth whitening prevents these issues, especially when you are able to go to a local dental professional on a regular basis so that they are aware of your dental history.
How does professional tooth whitening differ from over-the-counter products?
The products that Dr. Blackhurst uses in his whitening treatments are of a higher quality and purity than you can find in stores. Not only are they higher quality, but they are applied with his expert precision and care. Improper application is arguably one of the biggest factors that contribute to a poor whitening result.
How does whitening work?
Some methods of whitening use lights while others use chemicals, most commonly a peroxide base. In-office whitening has the advantage of allowing Dr. Blackhurst to use a combination of these individual methods for a personalized tooth whitening treatment that will be most effective for you. Basic home peroxide kits will only remove certain types of stains and may not offer quality results for some individuals.
What about if I’ve had other dental work done?
Teeth whitening almost always just affects natural teeth. If you have had any restorative or cosmetic dentistry done, consult with Dr. Blackhurst to make sure that a whitening procedure is right for you. Oftentimes these dental prostheses can be whitened along with the rest of your teeth, but it is done with a different method, and don’t expect home treatments to work here.