Over 80% of Americans believe their teeth look unattractive. Because of this, many people don't like smiling for photos.
But just because you're insecure about your teeth now doesn't mean you're stuck feeling that way forever. There are a few simple treatments, such as teeth whitening, that can make a big difference. However, you shouldn't try to do these things at home yourself.
We've put together this guide to show you why you should visit your dentist for teeth whitening instead of trying over-the-counter products, so make sure you keep reading below!
The whitening agents at the dentist are stronger than what you'll find in over-the-counter products. While at-home whitening remedies might cause stains on your teeth to fade, professional whitening treatment can remove these stains completely, giving your teeth a clearer and brighter appearance.
This also means you'll spend less money on whitening products.
Since professional whitening works better, you don't have to do it as often. You can spend all the money you save on DIY treatments on more important expenses (or put it into savings!).
Over-the-counter whitening remedies might brighten your teeth for a while, but since they don't get rid of stains or dark spots, they'll eventually come back. In other words, you'll have to keep buying the same products over and over again to maintain the shade you want.
Professional whitening gives you better results that last longer. You'll only need one to two whitening treatments a year, meaning you get a beautiful smile without all the hassle.
You have to be careful with at-home whitening kits. While most of these products are perfectly safe, they can be uncomfortable if you don't use them correctly.
For example, the bleaching agents can get on your gums and cause them to burn, inflame, or even bleed. Putting too much whitening solution on your teeth for too long can also lead to tooth sensitivity. This can make the entire process an uncomfortable one.
Going to the dentist for your whitening treatment is much easier (and much safer).
The dentist will isolate your gums from your teeth by creating a barrier between them. This ensures none of the whitening solution touches your gums. If you do feel any pain or irritation during the treatment, you can let the dentist know, and they'll find and fix the cause of the problem.
Should anything go wrong (which most likely won't happen since this is a low-risk treatment), a professional is right there to take care of it.
When you schedule a whitening treatment with your dentist, the appointment will start off with a basic cleaning. Your dentist will remove any plaque or build-up of debris on your teeth, which will give the whitening solution an even application. This means you won't experience any spotting (where some areas of your teeth get lighter than others).
But it also serves as a two in one treatment. Not only are you brightening your smile, but you're also getting rid of any damaging bacteria on your teeth, which will help your entire mouth stay healthy.
Professional teeth whitening takes about 30 to 60 minutes. When you include driving time and sitting in the office whiting for your appointment to start, this may not seem fast at all.
But think of it this way.
Since you only need one or two professional treatments a year, you only have to spend one to two hours whitening your teeth total. When you compare that to buying numerous whitening products and sitting with them in your mouth for long periods of time, professional whitening saves you a lot of time.
Also, the whitening agents your dentist uses will continue brightening your teeth for 24 hours after it's applied. This means you're whitening your teeth without having to do anything.
Before your dentist starts the whitening treatment, they'll give your teeth a quick inspection to ensure everything looks good (even though this isn't a traditional check-up). If they spot any early signs of tooth decay, gum disease, or other oral health issues, they'll let you know and recommend the steps you should take next.
This means you're catching and fixing problems before they turn into big, painful, expensive trouble. Even though you aren't paying for an exam, you're still repeating the benefits of visiting your dentist.
Remember, professional teeth whitening gives you better results than over-the-counter products, and they last longer. Because of this, your confidence can get a major boost.
Your teeth have a big impact on your self-esteem. If you don't like how your teeth look, you'll feel less confident and, in turn, less happy.
By whitening your teeth, you'll feel better about their appearance. This means you'll feel happier about yourself, which can even improve the overall quality of your life.
If you want to brighten your smile, you shouldn't turn to home remedies. Scheduling an appointment for a professional teeth whitening treatment will give you much better results.
Not sure where to set up a visit with your dentist for teeth whitening?
Our team at Axiom Dentistry can help! Don't hesitate to get in touch with us today to talk about booking your appointment!