Studies have shown that a great smile does wonders for self-confidence. Stains from foods and drinks can build up over the years, thereby lessening the shine of your pearly whites. If you’re ready to put the shine back in your smile, talk to your dentist about in-office tooth whitening treatments.

While there are several products available at the drugstore for whitening your teeth, professional teeth whitening by your dentist is the most popular cosmetic procedure available. In-office whitening uses a much higher concentration of bleaching agents than the over-the-counter versions, and since the procedure is done under your dentist’s close supervision, this is actually the safest and quickest way to brighten your smile. As a result, you are able to leave the office with whiter teeth after just one visit.

teeth whiteningSome patients may worry that the bleaching agents used in the whitening gel can cause tooth sensitivity or irritate the gums. While the formula used in the whitening gels available at the dentist’s office does have higher concentrations of peroxide, thereby producing a more rapid bleaching effect, the fact that your dentist is performing and supervising the whitening procedure ensures that your gums are protected during the use of powerful bleaching agents. In the event that tooth sensitivity does arise afterward, it is generally a temporary condition that goes away after a few days.

Is Whitening Right for You?

Generally speaking, just about everyone can benefit from a tooth whitening treatment, but speak to your dentist first to see if now’s the right time to brighten your smile. Your dentist may recommend postponing whitening treatments if you have gingivitis, enamel loss or if you are pregnant. If you’re interested in a brighter smile, give us a call today to see if professional tooth whitening is right for you.