Teeth whitening is a cosmetic dentistry procedure that removes stains and discoloration from teeth, leaving behind a beautiful white smile. Many factors may cause teeth to discolor over time, including food, drinks, tobacco, medications, poor oral hygiene, trauma to the mouth, or aging.
No matter the reason, our dentist at Sedation Dental Spa of South Florida can offer you in-office teeth whitening treatments that instantly brighten your smile. We recommend scheduling a comprehensive consultation with our staff to determine the proper course for regaining a brilliant, healthy-looking set of pearly whites.
Professional Teeth Whitening vs. Over-the-Counter Whitening Kits
Over-the-counter whitening kits are widely available and may be less expensive, but they aren’t as effective as the whitening treatments provided by a dentist.
Over-the-counter trays aren’t customized to fit your teeth. Therefore, they don’t fit the teeth properly and aren’t going to touch every part of your tooth surface the way professional whitening trays do. That means these over-the-counter products can’t provide the same dramatic results professional treatments do.
In addition, the bleaching gels used for professional whitening treatments are much more concentrated than the gels you buy at the store. The dentist’s formula is more robust and works more effectively. That is why you can get more noticeable results from an in-office treatment than an at-home kit. Moreover, you also have a higher chance of damaging your teeth if you misuse at-home bleaching products.
Is Teeth Whitening Treatment Painful?
There is generally no pain associated with in-office whitening treatments, as the dentist will apply a protective layer to the surface of your teeth before applying the whitening gel.
The effects will vary depending on how stained your teeth are. Our dentist will be able to explain what you can expect during your appointment.
Some patients may experience tooth sensitivity after a professional whitening treatment. This is normal and the discomfort should subside within a few days.
On the other hand, patients using over-the-counter products may experience severe sensitivity and gum irritation, which may occur if the patient does not correctly apply the whitening product to the teeth.
Professional whitening treatments can lighten the color of your teeth by several shades in a single visit. Visit Sedation Dental Spa of South Florida at 18431 Miramar Pkwy, Miramar 33029, or 2028 East Sample Road, Lighthouse Point 33064, to schedule a consultation and discover the benefits of professional teeth whitening for yourself! You can also contact us at (954) 433-4300 or (954) 946-8484.