These days, achieving that youthful-looking, white, and radiant smile is easy because of the various options available to you. In stores, you can find an array of whitening toothpastes, trays, strips, and mouthwashes. But there’s a huge difference between these over-the-counter or OTC teeth whitening products and professional teeth whitening that only a dentist can provide.
Dr. Lisa Baker in Bloomington, IN, offers professional teeth bleaching solutions in our office and right in the comfort of your home abode. Find out below how you can benefit from professional teeth whitening.
With professional teeth whitening, whether at home or at the dentist's office, you’ll be provided with customized whitening trays that will fit your teeth snugly. This helps prevent the leakage of the bleaching product and avoid sensitivity and irritation. The trays that come with OTC whitening kits, on the other hand, are one-size-fits-all, which increases the risk of potential complications.
There are usually two types of issues going on when dealing with discolored and dull teeth: intrinsic and extrinsic stains. Intrinsic stains are deeper stains, while extrinsic stains are surface stains that occur right in the teeth enamel. OTC whitening solutions are only capable of removing extrinsic stains, while professional teeth whitening is capable of eliminating both surface and deeper stains.
It’s crucial to point out, however, that some stains can’t be treated with professional whitening, such as stains that occur deeper inside the teeth. For these, your dentist may recommend crowns, bonding, or veneers.
Besides sensitivity, OTC whitening products have been likewise known to result in damage and irritation to the oral tissues. Before proceeding with in-office teeth bleaching, however, your Bloomington, IN, dentist will perform a thorough inspection of your mouth.
This will help determine whether you need to undergo other treatments first to avoid worsening any underlying oral health problems. For instance, exposed tooth roots or failing dental fillings could cause significant issues when exposed to bleaching agents.
While OTC teeth whitening solutions show results, they’re usually not as radiant and could take up to many weeks or months to show significant whitening results. By contrast, professional teeth whitening can offer instant results and whitening effects that can range from subtly radiant to celebrity-white Hollywood smiles.
Set a meeting with your Bloomington, IN, dentist Dr. Lisa Baker by calling (812) 269-8230.