Are you tired of trying, in vain, to hide your smile when out with friends? Tired of shying away from selfies and other photo ops, because you are too embarrassed to show your deeply stained teeth? If so, you may have already scoured the internet looking for home remedies or over-the-counter products that can give you the kind of dazzling white smile of which you’ve been dreaming. But for many people the answer to deep tooth staining isn’t a product purchased at a store or online; it’s a trip to their dentist’s office for professional teeth whitening.
Are Over-the-Counter Products Safe?
While there are many products available over-the-counter, that claim to lighten teeth, many of these are really only designed to create minor lightening, and often only over extended periods of use. Toothpastes and mouthwashes, for instance, spend such little contact with the teeth that most are unable to lighten teeth by more than a few shades, and even this may take months to achieve.
When considering any OTC product, it’s also important to check for a seal of approval from the American Dental Association, to make sure the product is safe for your teeth. You will also need to follow the directions provided, as overuse can lead to enamel erosion. In the case of home remedies, most are actually too abrasive to be safe for teeth, even though they may rely on what seem like safe, natural ingredients.
How Is Professional Whitening Different?
For many patients, especially those hoping to achieve dramatic whitening fast, professional whitening is a great solution. That is because cosmetic dentists are able to provide whitening products that are specifically designed to drastically lighten teeth, both safely and efficiently.
Interested in Cosmetic Dentistry?
Want to smile confidently again? Find out how cosmetic dentistry could help. Call Lake Forest Dental Arts in Lake Forest, IL, today at 847-234-0517 to schedule a cosmetic consultation. Lake Forest Dental Arts serves residents of West Forest Lake, Kennedy, Lake Bluff, Skokie, Junction, and all surrounding communities.