With social media and digital phones, we have more access to our faces than ever before. Additionally, the quality of our phone images does not hide any part of ourselves—unless you use a filter. Our smiles tend to be one of the first things that people notice about us, especially in photos. On top of being a great icebreaker, our smiles mean much more than a set of teeth. They are a window into our inner selves and our happiness.
If you are not confident with your smile, you may be less likely to smile. No one should dim their smile. One of the leading cosmetic issues patients have concerns the color of their smiles. Having yellow teeth can keep you from capturing the beauty of a moment. While there are many at-home options that you can choose, consider getting a professional whitening treatment from your dentist.
It may be faster for you to go to the store and pick up a pack of whitening strips. However, the time it takes for at-home treatment to brighten your teeth can take much longer. In addition, it can take several weeks for you to begin seeing any results with at-home treatments. This is because the chemicals in most at-home remedies are not as strong as the ones your dentist may use. This is not so that you will spend more money at the dentist, but it is because they are qualified professionals that can expertly use those chemicals.
However, you can see results instantly when you make an appointment with your dentist.
If you have an essential event on the horizon, you simply have to see your dentist. Rather than preparing for weeks or months, your dentist can give you the desired results in one session. Additionally, you don’t have to worry about remembering strips or toothpaste. All you have to do is make your appointment and let your dentist do the rest.
While you can see results with an at-home whitening treatment, they likely won’t be as good as a professional whitening. You may see the shade of your teeth lighten up to two to four shades in several weeks. However, this is only if you use the treatments as directed. Additionally, you will need to avoid any type of food or drink that will stain your teeth. This is because it will slow your whitening process and make your treatment less effective.
Yet, your dentist can lift the shade of your teeth by five to seven shades within the span of one whitening appointment.
If your dentist can’t lift the shade of your teeth using chemicals, they can offer you an alternative treatment–dental bonding.
A common complaint with whitening treatments is teeth and gum sensitivity. While you may still experience some mild tooth sensitivity with your dentist, they can help to minimize gum sensitivity. When you use at-home treatments, it can be challenging to keep the whitening chemicals off your gums. Unfortunately, this is what causes the sensitivity. Your dentist has a much steadier hand and better tools. Therefore, they can limit the chemicals from touching your gums. This will reduce your gum sensitivity.