There are a number of professional and over-the-counter teeth-whitening solutions designed to remove discolouration and stains and brighten your smile. But the overuse or misuse of these products can also harm your teeth.
If you’re considering teeth whitening, it’s advisable to consult with a knowledgeable cosmetic dentist. An experienced dentist can ensure seamless results without the associated risks.
The Effects of Overbleaching
Teeth whiteners contain a bleaching agent—usually hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide—mixed with other compounds to remove surface discolouration. Some professionally applied teeth whiteners, such as Kor, are formulated to remove deeper stains.
When applied by a good dentist or according to instructions, teeth whiteners can be safe and effective. But overuse of teeth whitening products can permanently erode teeth enamel, contribute to receding gums, and lead to hypersensitivity and discomfort.
Perceptions of Our Smiles
Ninety-six percent of adults believe a bright, properly aligned smile makes a person more attractive, according to a recent survey conducted by the American Association of Cosmetic Dentistry.
More than 70 percent of the study participants said they consider an unattractive or unhealthy smile to be a professional disadvantage. All of the respondents said that if they could improve one aspect of their smiles it would be to have whiter teeth.
Professional Whiteners vs. Retail Products
Americans spend more than $1 billion each year on retail teeth-whitening products, but these products are not customized to your unique bite and oral health. This can lead to spotty results as well as the problems discussed above when consumers ignore the usage guidelines and apply the product more often than recommended.
A professional teeth whitening conducted by a skilled dentist offers a number of benefits over retail whiteners. Professional treatment includes the use of custom-fit applicator trays to evenly disperse the whitening agent and avoid contact with your sensitive gumline. The whiteners used by most dentists are also more powerful than over-the-counter products; this provides you with noticeable results in a single treatment, as opposed to the repeated, long-term use of retail whiteners. Professional teeth whitening also allows your dentist to assess your oral health and to make sure your teeth are not overbleached.
If you’re seeking a knowledgeable, compassionate dentist in the Colorado Springs area, please contact The Studio for Exceptional Dentistry online or call us at 709-602-2614. Dr Andrew Hall offers comprehensive general and cosmetic dentistry services to help you maintain a healthy, attractive smile.