Why should I See My Dentist for Teeth Whitening?

With so many teeth whitening products on TV and at the supermarket, it can feel overwhelming when you’re trying to pick the right one. After all, they’re all created equal…right?

Not necessarily so. In fact, your dentist can usually guarantee far better results than anything that’s available over the counter.

Here’s why:

A Prescription Strength Gel

Just like any prescription would be, store-bought whitening gel is not going to be as concentrated or strong as one that’s available through your dentist’s office. Your dentist knows the precise needs of your teeth, and he or she can recommend a gel made from the appropriate ingredients and efficacy that will give you the assistance that you need.

Store-bought gels can whiten teeth, but not nearly as fast or by as many shades. They’re best for people with very minor staining or who want to prevent stain accumulation before it starts.

Optimal Contact with Your Teeth

One-size-fits-some doesn’t always work out when it comes to whitening your teeth. Strips or stock trays are not made to conform to your individual mouth. This can cause them to skip over certain areas and leave some surfaces untouched.

A custom whitening tray will fit snuggly against your teeth for optimal gel contact. Or, your dentist will treat your teeth right in the office. Both of these options a guarantee even results without patchy bleach patterns.

Identifying Other Factors at Play

It could be that the cause of your tooth discoloration isn’t something that’s fixed with whitening. You may actually have a damaged nerve, cavity, or internal staining that occurred during tooth development.

Your dentist knows the most effective way to address these situations and help you get the whitest smile in less time. Ask which option is best for your teeth!