Teeth whitening at the Alaska Premier Dental Group is one of the easiest ways to improve your smile. It is quick, economical, and non-invasive. Though some patients experience short-term sensitivity, most experience no pain at all.
If you have looked into teeth whitening systems, you probably already know the fundamentals. The one thing they have in common is that they use a solution containing peroxide to remove the stains that have settled in the natural microscopic cracks in your tooth enamel.
There are many do-it-yourself teeth whitening products available, and it seems like new varieties appear almost every time you visit the grocery store.
Those whitening strips and whitening pens can sometimes brighten your teeth a few shades, but the peroxide concentration is much lower than the whitening solutions used in cosmetic dental offices. It may not be effective enough for your tooth stains.
Teeth whitening offered at mall kiosks is risky, too. Most of these teeth whitening businesses have no professional oversight and the employees have little dental training. (Except instruction on how to take advantage of customer naivety.)
We recommend that you use extreme caution when considering a take-home tooth whitener. If you have tooth decay, gum recession, crowns, or veneers, you definitely need professional guidance.
The area of your teeth below the gumline, if exposed, may react differently to tooth whitener. Moreover, the peroxide solution does not noticeably whiten crowns and veneers. If you use a DIY whitener on teeth with extensive porcelain restorations, you should probably hope it doesn’t whiten too much – you may end up with a two- or three-tone smile!
Even though teeth whitening seems straightforward, your teeth deserve a professional opinion. You can’t fix an uneven teeth whitening result like you can a bad hair-coloring job.
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