Beauty comes in all shapes and sizes, but some characteristics of ideal physical beauty remain constant. For instance, virtually everyone would prefer to have teeth that are pearly white and spotless over those that are yellowed and stained. Even a minor difference in the shade of a smile can have a dramatic impact on one’s overall appearance and self-confidence. With a teeth whitening procedure at our Knoxville office, you can turn a previously discolored smile into a powerful and positive first impression.
Although other teeth whitening products may look similar to a professional whitening procedure, the results speak for themselves. To learn exactly why you should consider whitening treatment at our cosmetic dentistry office, refer to each of the benefits listed below.
Professional Whitening vs. Store-bought Products
On the surface, all teeth whitening products seem to do the same thing: create a brighter smile. They even tend to include the same active ingredient, hydrogen peroxide. However, the results of different treatments will vary, based on the amount of peroxide present and the way in which it is applied to teeth.
First, professional whitening gel contains a significantly stronger concentration of hydrogen peroxide, giving it a greater ability to lighten and remove stains. A single whitening session at the dentist is likely to produce results that are twice as effective as an over-the-counter product. Stains that are particularly conspicuous or deeply embedded within enamel are much more likely to be removed as well.
Likewise, a professional procedure utilizes a fitted tray that conforms to an individual patient’s teeth evenly and comfortably. This ensures that the gel will come in contact with the entire area of treatment. Compare this with store-bought trays, which are bulky and not customizable, and it’s easy to see why in-office treatment is more effective.
Minimized Side Effects
Common side effects of teeth whitening include increased tooth sensitivity and gum irritation. Due to the strength of professional whitening gel, patients may initially be wary of potential effects. But with the correct precautions and treatment methods, any discomfort after treatment can be greatly minimized.
During a whitening session, teeth will be isolated from each other and adjacent gum tissue with thin strips. This prevents the gel from moving away from the intended treatment area, and largely reduces the risk of any gum irritation in the first place. For patients with sensitive teeth, treatment can be performed in multiple sessions at home using a take-home kit. With at-home treatment, each whitening session employs a lower concentration of the bleaching agent, allowing patients to achieve comparable results with less risk of discomfort.
The Combined Benefits of Teeth Whitening
If you are looking to reduce years of surface stains from food, drink, and even tobacco, examine the advantages of a single teeth whitening treatment:
- Stunning results: On average, patients can expect a smile to become up to eight shades whiter. And with the right hygiene habits following treatment, results can last for years.
- Quick treatment: An in-office whitening session can be performed in only 30 minutes.
- Safe: As long as patients do not undergo too many whitening sessions in an allotted time, treatment poses very little risk to one’s dental or general health.
- Preserved tooth structure: Other cosmetic procedures, such as porcelain veneers and dental bonding, use restoration materials to replace or cover enamel. With whitening, your teeth remain unaltered and natural.
- Affordable: Teeth whitening is often a more affordable option than other cosmetic procedures, especially when compared with porcelain veneers.
Enhance Your Smile
If your smile currently suffers from discoloration, come in for a consultation to learn which cosmetic treatment is right for you. Whether you have surface stains that can be removed by teeth whitening or deeper stains that require alternative techniques, we will help you determine the most effective way to enhance your smile. Contact our office to learn more and to schedule an initial appointment.