Teeth whitening: are you doing it on your own or seeing the dentist? This question is now being posed on the internet by millions of people. In the counter whitening, there are so many products to choose from. Many of the whitening kits claim to be as good as a dentist’s procedure. That’s the case? Not according to the American Dental Association (ADA).
A research on the risks of using DIY teeth whitening kits was published by the ADA in 2009. The ADA states that you can damage the surface of your teeth and the nerve endings without proper supervision. You can also injure your gum tissue, get upset with poorly fitted mouth guards, and experience uneven whitening and pitting.
For these purposes, before using any over the counter products, you need to consult a dentist. Before seeking more care, we will inspect all your teeth.
We will be looking for things like, tooth decay, periodontal disease, impacted teeth and any infections that could be present. All of these conditions need to be treated before any other procedures can be performed.
The staff at Fairfield Periodontics, will also make you feel comfortable and at ease. With its modern facilities and equipment, you can rest assured that you are getting the best possible care the surgery has to offer. In most cases appointments last less than an hour and are hassle-free.
Once your teeth have been examined and everything looks good, you can go ahead with having them whitened. What options are available? Laser treatments have become very popular over the last few years. The treatment takes less than an hour and won’t cause any discomfort. How does it work? Bleach is applied to the teeth that need whitening first. A laser is used to activate the bleach and speed up the whitening process.
Other options for teeth whitening include custom made bleaching trays. A mold is taken of your teeth to ensure a perfect fit. Why use a custom made tray? It safeguards you from accidentally ingesting the whitening solution.
If your teeth are badly discolored you may choose a more permanent solution. Talk to us at Fairfield Periodontics, about the benefits of porcelain/plastic veneers. This may be the best solution for you. It is a very good investment to make as veneers can greatly improve the appearance of your teeth.
Hopefully, you now understand the importance of having your teeth whitening by a dentist. Purchasing DIY whitening kits may save you some money initially. In the long run, they could damage your teeth and possibly your health. You now know that visiting your dentist is the best option. You will have beautiful white teeth and will want to show them off. Your smile is one of the most valuable assets you have. Protect it by having your teeth whitened by your dentist.
For more dental and dental health information, call our office at 203-255-5753 We’re looking forward to talking to you.