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Benefits Of Having Your Teeth Whitened By A Dentist

If you are thinking of having your teeth whitened, you may be considering a do-it-yourself treatment. Over-the-counter products and natural substances may whiten your teeth. However, some of these products may cause problems in the long run. Thus, it is often best to have your teeth professionally whitened. Here are a few of the benefits of having your teeth whitened by a dentist.

Fewer Problems With Sensitive Teeth

People with sensitive teeth often experience discomfort when they eat or drink a hot or cold substance. In addition to variations in temperature, bite pressure may also cause tooth pain. 

Over-the-counter applications and natural whitening treatments can reach too deeply into the pores of the teeth, accessing the dental nerves. Once the nerves become inflamed, pain or discomfort usually results. 

Professional products are designed to whiten the teeth safely without exacerbating dental sensitivity issues. The products are left on the teeth for the recommended time and removed promptly once the period has expired. Leaving a teeth-whitening product on the teeth longer than recommended could result in enamel damage and increased dental sensitivity.

Faster Whitening

Natural products and whitening kits take a relatively large amount of time to whiten the teeth. Some products require 30 days of use or more before the optimal level of whitening is achieved. 

With a professional whitening session, you can expect your teeth to whiten one or more shades during a single visit. Still, multiple visits may be required to reach the level of whiteness that you desire.

Better Whitening

Professional products often pair the bleaching ability of peroxide with the whitening power of ultraviolet light. Frequently, after a professional product is applied to the teeth, the patient's teeth are exposed to a bright UV light to intensify the whitening effects. This results in better whitening than that produced by over-the-counter or natural products.

Safer Whitening

At moderate concentrations, peroxide can be irritating to the soft tissues of the mouth. A dentist will typically cover the gums and other soft tissues to protect them from the whitening solution during a professional treatment. 

Although whitening kits may contain an applicator, such as a mouth tray or plastic strips, these devices may not properly protect the gums. As a result, irritation may occur.

Discover more here about professional teeth whitening, or schedule a consultation with a dentist in your local area. He or she can advise if a professional whitening treatment is right for you.