Thursday, June 8, 2017
Get That Bright Summer Smile, But Be Careful How You Do it!
Great dental tips from Miami Dentist , Dr. Carroll.
South Florida is the bright smile capital of the south, and we see our share of patients that want to go at it alone by whitening their teeth at home. Patients often ask our opinion about the best whitening toothpaste or whitening strips at the drugstore, so they can perform the whitening treatment on their own. However, there is no substitute for a professional fast in-office whitening treatment. You may find plenty of products available at the store or on-line. Some of them may actually work, but they will not achieve the amazing results that you can get with a professional in-office whitening treatment.
The problem with these over-the-counter treatments is that they typically come in one size and strength to fit all types of teeth. However, when it comes to dental work, every patient has different needs. The whitening trays and strips found at your local drugstore may provide good results on one patient’s teeth, while providing another with only a partial whitening. This may cause and uneven result. Some teeth appearing perfectly white, while others still showing stains. Sometimes the results are worse than before the treatment.
The whitening products sold in stores are not professional strength. They usually contain a small amount of whitening agent, usually around 3 percent peroxide, which may provide results for patients who have light stains on their teeth, but may not do much for tough teeth stains and discolorations. Most over-the-counter products will provide results one to two shades brighter. The whitening gel our office uses comes in a professional strength only available to dentists, with up to 35 percent peroxide strength. The gel can penetrate the enamel of your teeth, removing stubborn stains that the store-bought kits cannot touch. Our professional treatment can whiten your teeth by up to ten shades in just one visit. It is important to know that results will vary by patient.
Regular teeth whitening products you buy at your local store may help you attain a brighter smile, but you may need to use them for weeks, or even months before you see evident results. The whitening system we use in our office usually lasts about an hour, and can produce results up to ten shades brighter in that short time.
Call our office today to make an appointment so you can find out what the best options are for your specific case.