Have you used whitening toothpaste or strips to improve your smile with no luck? You’re not alone; many people try to remove dental stains with home care to no avail. Unfortunately, consumer teeth whitening products lack the potency to address deep stains. Our cosmetic dentist offers professional whitening to help you reclaim your self-confidence.
Professional whitening treatments can substantially lighten your smile (including years-old, deep stains) without negative side effects like tooth sensitivity.
Why are white strips and toothpastes ineffective?
Whitening products you can find in a grocery store are not formulated to penetrate the enamel surface of teeth. At best, these products can lift a shade or two, or surface stains. At their worst, these products may cause permanent tooth sensitivity and damage to your tooth enamel.
Why are professional teeth whitening treatments better than store-bought products?
Professional teeth whitening is better because it’s safer and more effective than products consumers can purchase. Over the counter products have weaker formulations and tend to rely on harsh abrasives to remove surface stains. These abrasives can wear down tooth enamel, which increases a person’s risk for tooth pain, cavities, and dental injuries.
In addition to being safer, professional teeth whitening contains prescription-grade formulas that can penetrate tooth enamel without damaging it. The most problematic dental stains form under tooth enamel. Since these formulas can reach the deeper layers of teeth, they can remove unsightly, tough stains. After treatment, your smile could be up to eight shades brighter.
How long do teeth whitening results last?
A whitening treatment could last a year or longer. It is important to protect your newly-whitened smile by avoiding teeth-staining drinks and foods. Items like berries, coffee, and wine could darken your teeth. Practicing proper oral hygiene helps, too. Thorough brushing can help prevent new stains from forming.
If teeth whitening interests you, we invite you to schedule a smile makeover consultation with our experienced cosmetic dentist. Call the office of Dr. David Kuban to reserve an appointment.