This year, make a resolution to achieve a healthy smile by visiting your trusted family dentist and following these oral hygiene tips between visits.
As we age, it’s natural for our pearly whites to lose some of their luster. The food and drinks we enjoy, our brushing habits, and even our genes can cause stains and yellowing. While these stains aren’t harmful to our physical health, they can affect us mentally, preventing us from putting our best face forward.
Virtually all of us believe that a smile is an important social asset. That’s why cosmetic dentistry is such a popular way to give ourselves that extra boost of confidence we’ve been missing. But with so many different teeth whitening options—from over-the-counter strips to professional take-home kits—it’s natural to have questions about bleaching your teeth.
How Does Teeth Whitening Work?
Don’t let the term “bleaching” scare you—what cosmetic dentists use isn’t the same bleach you have under your sink! Both over-the-counter and in-office whitening systems use peroxide to lift stains from teeth. The oxygen in peroxide whitening agents weakens tooth stains at a molecular level, reaching beneath the surface for more robust results.
At Dastrup Dental, we combine a high-strength whitening gel with custom, take-home trays so you can enjoy a treatment that’s both powerful and convenient. And because the gel is professional-grade, it can work over a shorter period than store-bought kits.
Is Teeth Whitening Safe?
Yes! Professional teeth whitening overseen by a dentist is the safest choice because it is backed by ADA approval and supported by personalized care. Your dentist will take a thorough look at your teeth and create a customized plan for your unique needs and goals. They can also provide support for any sensitivity issues should they arise along the way.
People who use store-bought kits instead often over-bleach their teeth in pursuit of that perfect shade, dehydrating the surface of their teeth. They also run the risk of irritating their gums, causing pain, sensitivity, and potentially more long-lasting damage.
Benefits of Professional Teeth Whitening
When you choose cosmetic dentistry over drugstore brands, not only do you guarantee ADA approval, you also gain a partner who takes an active interest in your health and safety. The benefits of professional teeth whitening include:
At-home whitening kits often require you to apply multiple treatments a day for months at a time. as well as spend valuable time and money on repeated attempts. With a customized tooth whitening kit from Dastrup Dental, most patients only need to wear the tray an hour per day—and many see results in as little as two weeks.
Stains can respond to treatment in different ways, depending on what caused them. If you have specific issues you wish to address, a one-size-fits-all kit can make the problem appear worse. Working with your dentist vastly improves your chances of attaining bright, evenly white teeth.
Because our solutions are more highly concentrated, they can reach deeper stains. This advantage means results can last for one to three years as opposed to just a few weeks. While each patient is different, Dr. Dastrup will go over the steps you can take to maximize your results.
Bottom Line: Talk to Your Dentist
If you’ve been nervous about the safety of teeth whitening, we’re here to answer all your questions and help you feel comfortable about your journey to a brighter smile. With years of experience and the latest advancements in cosmetic dentistry in our toolkit, Dastrup Dental is ready to help you regain confidence in your smile.
Custom, At-Home Teeth Whitening in Davidson, NC
Dr. Dastrup offers knowledgeable, compassionate, and kind consultations and only uses the most advanced cosmetic dentistry and teeth whitening methods. Book an appointment with us at (704) 892-6602 or contact us here.