Teeth Whitening Solutions
If you are looking for a way to whiten your teeth you’ve likely found two options. You can pick up a store-bought teeth whitening system to use at home, or you can schedule a professional whitening appointment with Nashville Aesthetic Dentistry – Dennis J. Wells, DDS – Dr. Dennis Wells.
- Whitening toothpaste should be used a minimum of twice a day. They usually contain mild abrasives that remove stains from the surfaces of your teeth. They also contain polishing agents that make them work better than standard toothpaste.
- Teeth-whitening gels and strips are available over the counter. Gels are applied directly to your teeth and can take several days to whiten. Strips are coated with gel and are used for 60 minutes a day over three months.
Benefits of Professional Teeth Whitening Professional dentists customize whitening solutions for each individual patient and make adjustments based on each patient’s needs. They will only proceed with a whitening treatment only after an exam to determine the cause of the tooth staining. Another advantage of professional treatment is the addition of a safe environment to complete the procedure. Because each patient receives customized treatment, there is no danger of teeth being harmed by excessive whitening. Treatments take about an hour and you will leave with visibly whiter teeth. It is faster because the products we and other dentists use are much stronger than retail products.
Benefits of At-Home Whitening You can choose to whiten your teeth at home using retail products. These store-bought whitening products are primarily less expensive and relatively easy to use. The products can last for several years and can be very effective when combined with good oral health care. However, these home whitening kits take a little more time to get results, because the ingredients in these kits are not as strong as in professional use, but the cost is considerably less.