Do whitening strips really work?
Chances are you’ve seen the many at-home teeth whitening products available on the market today. From strips and trays to gels and special whitening toothpastes, there are a variety of products that promise a more radiant, whiter smile in just minutes or hours. But do at-home teeth whitening products really work? The short answer - yes and no. While you can see results from using these products if you have stains or yellow teeth, you’re doing so at a cost. Over-the-counter teeth whitening products use harsh chemicals to achieve their effects. These chemicals can erode the surface of your teeth, cause sensitivity issues, and more.
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So what’s your best option for achieving a whiter smile with a safe and effective treatment? It’s easier than you think! Most dentists now offer teeth whitening treatments that utilize whitening compounds that won’t harm your smile, and you can see results that lasts for months in just a couple of hours without the hassle of dealing with whitening trays and strips and goopy gels.
3 Reasons to Get Whitening Treatments from Your Dentist
While you can see some whitening effects from at-home whitening treatments, they are not nearly as effective as whitening treatments you can receive at your dentist’s office. This isn’t a ploy to get you to purchase whitening treatments from your dental provider. The reason your dentist offers whitening treatments in his or her office is to provide a safe yet effective means of whitening your teeth with medical-grade whitening. Some of the many benefits of opting for whitening treatments at the dentist versus at home include:
1. They're Safe and Effective
The whitening treatments offered at your dentist’s office are quality, medical-grade materials and compounds that will not harm the enamel of your teeth. Unlike at home whitening treatments which include harsh chemicals intended to whiten your teeth as quickly as possible, whitening treatments from your dentist will not leave white marks or other discolorations, but will provide an even whitening effect.
2. They’re Less Messy and Time Consuming
Have you ever tried to apply a whitening strip only to have half of the product end up on your fingers? Have you ever given up on whitening strips and trays due to their messiness or the fact that they require you to sit for long periods of time with an uncomfortable contraption on your teeth? Consider opting for whitening treatments at your dentist’s office instead, where you can receive a whiter smile in just one session every few months compared to several half-hour sessions a week.
3. They Offer Whitening Treatments for Sensitive Teeth
One of the biggest benefits of choosing to have your whitening treatments in the dentist’s chair rather than at home is the ability to get a whiter smile without the harsh chemicals that can cause teeth and gums to become sensitive. If you already suffer from sensitivity while brushing, eating, or drinking, it’s especially important to avoid these at-home whitening products that can irritate gums and erode the tooth’s sensitive outer coating which protects your smile from bacteria and cavities.
Teeth Whitening Near Me
How would you like to have a whiter smile just in time for the holidays? Schedule an appointment today to learn more about teeth whitening options. If you are interested in whitening your teeth at home, we also offer a safe and effective option for patients that allows them to use a custom tray and safe yet effective teeth whitening gel.
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This article was reviewed by Dr. Miles Moore of Memphis Center for Family and Cosmetic Dentistry. Dr. Moore is a Fellow of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists who has received extensive training in implant dentistry. He is a member of multiple dental organizations, including the American Dental Association, the American Academy of General Dentistry, the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, and the Memphis Dental Society.