Let’s Be Clear about Teeth Whitening

istock 889681798 1 Many people strive to have a radiant white smile. Studies have shown that a bright smile with nice, white teeth makes a person seem friendly, trustworthy, motivated, and more. Knowing this, who wouldn’t want to approach teeth whitening with accurate information? Here, we discuss some misconceptions that often need to be cleared up to get the best results from this cosmetic treatment.

Over-the-Counter Whitening Strips are Comparable to Professional Treatment

This is an interesting misconception. The idea is that an over-the-counter whitening strip product is as effective as professional teeth whitening for a fraction of the cost. Whitening strips are made to be used without the oversite of a dentist. To be approved for commercial sale, then, an over-the-counter product must contain amounts of active ingredients that will be safe for anyone who chooses to use it. As you might imagine, the whitening gel used by a dentist, even for home whitening treatment, is more concentrated. Whether you choose in-office whitening treatment or a home whitening treatment provided by your dentist, there is no comparison. Our treatments lift the shade of white by 5 or more shades.

Whitening Toothpaste is an Effective Solution to Discoloration

It is more difficult to find a toothpaste that doesn’t claim to whiten teeth than the opposite. These products are popular because most adults would like to have a brighter smile. The fact that whitening toothpaste exists does not mean these products work. It may feel disappointing to hear, but whitening toothpaste is nothing more than polishers. These products contain microscopic particles that scrub the surface of teeth to mitigate superficial staining. There are insufficient active ingredient ratios to achieve noticeable results.

Professional Teeth Whitening is Painful

Teeth whitening is known for causing “zingers,” momentary zaps of pain. This is not uncommon. However, patients do not describe the sensation as painful. Historically, teeth whitening has been associated with sensitivity that can last from a few days to a few weeks. This side effect occurs based on the finer aspects of the whitening process, how peroxide breaks down stains. KöR Whitening has been uniquely developed with buffering agents, refrigeration techniques, and application techniques for desensitizing agents to make treatment more comfortable than its competitors.

At Aventura Dental Center, we strive to achieve optimal results with minimal side effects. To learn more about teeth whitening, call 786-837-5266.

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