Having a bright white smile is not just a luxury; it could actually be a prime asset in this day and age. Even if you’re not a Hollywood celebrity, your smile is looked at each and every day. In your social, as well as your professional life, your smile speaks volumes without you having to say a word. To that end, the appearance of your teeth is vitally important to the overall beauty of your smile.
Whitening your teeth may help you feel more confident, and is likely to make you look younger, healthier, and even cause people to perceive you more favorably. When you’re ready to improve the brightness of your smile, there are many teeth whitening methods to consider. In our Glen Allen practice, we provide two convenient ways to get that dazzling smile. You may wonder why choose professional treatment rather than over the counter options.
Our world is fast-paced, and the commercial industry quickly picks up on the various consumer demands. Shortly after dentists started providing teeth whitening treatments, manufacturers went to work creating products safe for commercial sale. For many years now, the aisles in stores have been lined with various teeth whitening products, ranging from toothpastes to strip whiteners.
Due to their low price and accessibility, commercial whiteners are usually the first thing people try when they want to remove stains from teeth. Many of these same people ultimately make a trip to their dentist, so they can get the results they really want.
Commercial whiteners are not capable of removing some stains that have taken years to develop, and they can be risky. Although the amount of chemicals in strips is significantly lower than what your dentist provides, there is still risk to gum tissue, should chemicals contact the gums. Due to the design of whitening strips, there is no way to guarantee chemicals will not reach gum tissue, as they are easily moved once in place.
By contrast, professional whitening is completed in one of two ways. In an office whitening treatment, gum tissue and lips are protected before whitening chemicals are placed on teeth. Using the at-home whitening option, which is affordable, effective, and convenient, whitening trays are molded to fit against teeth. This means that whitening gel is contained against teeth, and will not contact the gums, where irritation may occur.
Your smile is a huge part of your overall image. Make it shine with a visit to our Glen Allen dental office.
Dr. Hart is committed to your oral health as well as the beauty of your smile. All of our new patients receive free oral cancer screenings as a standard of care!