Your tooth enamel is incredibly strong, but it’s also slightly porous. That’s why it can absorb the colored pigments in the foods and beverages you enjoy. It doesn’t take long for the pigments to build up and turn your teeth an unattractive shade of yellow.
When you’re embarrassed by the appearance of your smile, you may be tempted to run to the local store to buy a whitening product. Before you do that, take a minute to learn about the benefits of professional teeth whitening.
Linda Kay Nichols, DMD, PA, offers whitening procedures that can get your teeth dramatically whiter than over-the-counter products. You don’t need to worry about the mess or the tedious application of whiteners for days on end. You can walk into the office hiding your smile, and walk out with a beautiful, radiant smile.
Dr. Nichols shares these five benefits you get from professional teeth whitening treatments.
1. A whiter smile
Professional whitening gets your teeth much lighter than you can achieve with over-the-counter (OTC) products. Most OTC products manage to lighten your teeth by 1-2 shades. In the office, we can get your teeth up to 8 shades lighter.
You can’t get the same results with drugstore teeth whiteners because they contain a less-concentrated bleach. Even then, a weak bleach can irritate or burn your gums if you’re not careful about how you use the product.
Here in the office, we can use strong products that do a better job of whitening because we take steps to protect your gums, inner cheeks, and lips from touching the whitener.
2. Fast results
When you have professional teeth whitening, it takes just one appointment and 60-90 minutes of your time to get results you’ll love. By comparison, OTC products take weeks to achieve maximum results, and then your teeth still aren’t as white as they would have been with in-office whitening.
3. Customized whitening
Everyone has different issues with their teeth, even when it comes to whitening. Each person has a different degree of staining, to give you one example. Additionally, you could have staining inside the tooth, which needs more than routine external bleaching.
The one-size-fits-all products you buy in the store can’t produce customized results. We can adjust your treatment to your unique teeth staining.
4. Corrected dental concerns
Before whitening your teeth, we do a thorough exam to be sure there aren’t any issues that should be corrected. For example, we don’t apply a strong bleach to teeth with decay. We repair cavities first to prevent the whitening agent from getting into your tooth and causing severe irritation and pain.
In many cases, we need to clean your teeth first. If we don’t remove tartar and plaque, you end up with unattractive, uneven whitening.
We also check to see if you have any porcelain crowns or veneers. Whitening doesn’t work on porcelain, so we need to take the color of your existing dental work into account.
5. Long-lasting results
Thanks to using stronger products, ensuring even whitening, and getting your teeth many shades lighter, your results will last longer than if you do it yourself at home. We can also scan your mouth, make trays that perfectly fit your teeth, and give you special whitening products you can safely use at home to extend the results.
If you’re ready to revitalize your smile, call contact our office in Albuquerque, New Mexico, or request an appointment online.