“I think I’ve tried every tooth whitening product that’s out there,” Jasmine said with a laugh. “If it’s for sale in the store or on the internet, I’ve given it a shot. I’m obsessed with having a great smile.” Jasmine noticed that the results her friends were getting by having their teeth whitened at the Quincy dentist were much better than what she was accomplishing on her own. “That made me curious,” she said. “Why does having your dentist whiten your teeth work so much better?”
Over the counter tooth whitening treatments use many of the same ingredients that are in the treatment a dentist uses to perform tooth whitening. The difference lies in the potency. Dentists have access to more potent tooth whitening treatments because as licensed medical professionals, they can apply these treatments safely. In inexperienced hands, the more potent tooth whitening treatments can cause damage to sensitive gum tissues.
It’s also important to understand that there’s no one size fits all approach to tooth whitening. Teeth change color for a number of reasons, including poor dental hygiene, diet choices, smoking, prescription medication side effects, or because there’s another health condition involved. Teeth can turn yellow, brown, or gray. There are many different treatment options available to restore a white smile. Your Quincy dentist will work with you and make treatment recommendations based on your health and the unique causes of your teeth’s current coloration.
Finally, the tooth whitening available from a dentist is faster than over the counter treatments. Whitening trays and tooth whitening strips often have to be worn for several weeks before improvement is seen. If you want dramatic, same-day improvement, your best bet is to book an appointment with your Quincy dentist.