Dr. Thomas Zarger is a leading general and cosmetic dentist serving the Knoxville, offering patients some of the best options for enhancing the aesthetics of their smiles. A number of patients visit Dr. Zarger for teeth whitening treatment, which eliminates dental stains and tooth discoloration.
You may be wondering if professional teeth whitening is worthwhile given all of the whitening products that you can buy at the store. Let's compare these options right now.
When it comes to teeth whitening products that you can buy at the local drugstore, the most common options are as follows:
The cost and overall effectiveness of these products can vary a great deal.
In general, the most effective at-home teeth whitening products are the teeth whitening strips and the teeth whitening tray systems. These both use stronger bleaching agents than the other products can can yield positive results after a few weeks of use.
The teeth whitening rinses and toothpastes are semi-effective, and much of the time the difference that is made is minor after long-term use.
With mints and chewing gums, the positive effects are minuscule at best in most instances.
In-office teeth whitening treatments can vary a great deal in terms of how they are implemented, but the general principles are the same. A dentist will apply a dental bleaching solution to your teeth. This bleaching agent is sometimes exposed to a special laser light to help with the whitening process. The bleaching agent whitens the actual enamel layer of the tooth.
For serious tooth discoloration and stains, multiple teeth whitening treatments can be performed.
In-office teeth whitening treatments are far superior to at-home teeth whitening. During just one professional teeth whitening session, a patient's smile can be brightened by several shades, results which are not immediately possible with at-home products.
In addition to speed, in-office teeth whitening treatments tend to be safer as well, with patients experiencing less severe tooth sensitivity and no gum irritation after treatment. With at-home kits, these negative side effects are more likely.
Patients are also able to use professional-grade teeth whitening products in the comfort of their own home provided to them by their dentist. They typically use mouth trays that are filled with a bleaching agent to brighten and whiten the teeth. These professional take-home kits are more effective than the over-the-counter tray systems.
If teeth whitening is not an ideal option for addressing your tooth discoloration, it's possible to turn to other cosmetic dentistry procedures, such as dental bonding and porcelain veneers. These other treatment options can be discussed in greater detail during your consultation at the practice.
If you would like to find out how you can get your smile to look its brightest and whitest, be sure to contact our cosmetic and restorative dentistry center today. Dr. Thomas Zarger and the entire team at the practice look forward to your visit and helping you have the best smile possible.