Teeth whitening is among the most popular and common cosmetic dental procedures on the market. It is also one of the most affordable and fastest ways to rapidly improve the appearance of your smile. In today’s society, there is a strong emphasis on white teeth being healthy teeth. This is simply not the case, and if you are looking for a shortcut or way to whiten your teeth without going to the dentist, I would advise caution.
Many beauty spas and even kiosks at malls are offering tooth whitening treatments, either in-house or as take-home kits. While this is well and good, there are important things to remember about getting your teeth whitened at a dentist’s office and getting them whitened at a spa or outside vendor. As I stated before, white teeth are not necessarily healthy teeth. Only a trained dentist can give you an accurate assessment on whether or not your teeth are healthy. Bleaching and whitening do not address problems other than surface stains or teeth becoming darker as they age. You should always have had a recent exam and make sure your mouth is healthy before undergoing any cosmetic dental work. Things like gingivitis, periodontitis, tooth decay, and other dental health problems all need to be addressed before you should consider doing any cosmetic dental work.
Given that teeth whitening is one of the least invasive dental procedures, it is understandable why many consumers believe that they could, in theory, they should be able to get it on demand. The problem is, that both OTC whiteners and non-prescription whiteners simply cannot do the job that the whitening agents and equipment at the dentist’s office can do. I’ve heard arguments before regarding teeth whitening at a dentist being a rip off, but I can tell you honestly, that dollar for dollar, we offer a much better price that requires far less maintenance than OTC or spa treatments, which require you to go repeatedly or keep using the product, sometimes to the detriment of your teeth, to maintain your results. In fact, teeth whitener abuse can cause a large number of dental problems, such as sensitive teeth, weakening of the enamel, inflammation of the pulp and other undesirable pathologies.
If any part of your mouth is bothering you, whether it be a tooth, your gums, your tongue, or the inside of your cheeks, it is very important to consult your dentist right away. Once these issues are addressed, then you can safely and consistently perform procedures such as teeth whitening and bleaching without having to worry if a problem is being exacerbated or forming.
This is why, for best results, you should get your teeth whitened at a dentist’s office, under the supervision of a trained dental professional and use any OTC or spa treatments judiciously and purely for maintenance purposes, if at all. In the pursuit of beauty and ‘healthy looking’ teeth, we often forget that the dentist and their staff is there to answer any questions or concerns you may have. Given that teeth whitening is a purely elective procedure, it is up to the patient to decide whether or not it is right for them, after all the facts are presented to them. Many non-dental sellers of teeth whitening products and procedures may not have the knowledge or proper equipment to get your teeth their whitest and truly healthiest. Beauty should never be mistaken for health, either. Only a fully trained and equipped dentist can help provide you with the health to back up the beauty of your smile. If you haven’t had your teeth cleaned or examined for awhile, please go to your dentist before having any cosmetic work done. Anything cosmetic should also be done under a dentist’s supervision. I cannot stress that enough. We can also offer you alternatives to teeth bleaching if we find you are sensitive or not a good candidate for teeth bleaching.
If you have any questions about bleaching, please ask your dentist or give us a call anytime at (310) 273-9919 and we will be happy to answer your questions.