Do you wish that your teeth shone just a bit brighter? Are you tired of seeing Hollywood stars and musicians’ perfect pearly whites on magazine covers, and wishing yours looked a bit more like theirs? Well, skip the trip to the drugstore and head to your cosmetic dentist instead. Professional whitening/bleaching is the most effective way to achieve dramatic results, which can truly lighten and brighten smiles.
What’s the Difference Between Professional Products and OTC Options?
Over-the-counter whitening products are often designed to lighten teeth a little bit, over a long period of time. Items like toothpastes and mouthwashes that spend very little time on your teeth, may claim whitening abilities, but they usually work very gradually, and rarely provide noticeably dramatic results.
So-called home remedies can also be ineffective at addressing deep or long-standing stains. What is worse is that they can actually damage the enamel of the teeth. Without specific, dentist-approved directions, it can be dangerous trying to lighten teeth, even with products that might seem safe. Hydrogen peroxide, baking soda and lemons are frequently used for “home remedies,” which aren’t innately bad for teeth, but can damage them if used too regularly, or in too high of concentrations.
Fortunately, a cosmetic dentist can provide you with safe, professional-grade products that are specifically designed to create drastic results, in relatively little time. In fact, a single course of professional treatment can generally lighten teeth between five and ten shades, allowing patients to show off noticeably brighter teeth, quickly!