Have you started to feel insecure because of staining on your teeth? Over time, it is natural for people’s teeth to begin to show stains and discoloration. Some people are also predisposed to teeth stains, making it difficult to maintain a healthy-looking smile as the years progress. But professional whitening means you don’t have to feel stuck with an aging smile. Whitening can help take years off your smile, by erasing stains and restoring brightness. If you’d like to feel more confident, and professional whitening can help.
Over-the-Counter Products versus Professional Whitening
While you might be tempted to choose one of the many over-the-counter whitening products to enhance your smile, it’s helpful to first understand their limitations. Because they are often diluted, compared to professional whitening treatments, they are not made to address deeply set stains. Though many over-the-counter products, such as whitening strips or gels, can effectively lighten teeth by one or two shades, you may not be able to achieve the dramatic results you desire with a product available at the drugstore or grocery store.
Professional whitening relies on strong peroxide-based whitening gels to drastically reduce staining. In fact, many patients can lighten their teeth by five to seven shades over the course of a few weeks of use.
If the staining you have experienced is too drastic for whitening treatment, cosmetic bonding or veneers can be used to hide the staining and restore your smile. Your cosmetic dentist can help you determine which treatment will be best for addressing your concerns, so that you can leave feeling refreshed and proud of your younger-looking smile.