before and after teeth whiteningDo you cover your mouth when you smile? Have you tried giving up coffee, tea, or red wine to improve the appearance of your teeth? Do you edit photos to make your teeth appear brighter than they actually are? If you’ve answered yes to any of these questions, it’s time to consider professional teeth whitening.

When compared to over-the-counter whitening products, professional teeth whitening is obviously superior. Toothpastes, gels, trays, and strips may provide slight results over a few weeks or months, but in-office whitening helps patients achieve a bright, beautiful smile in what seems like an instant!

Here are the top three benefits of professional teeth whitening:

1. In-office teeth whitening is extremely successful.

There are two types of dental staining: intrinsic and extrinsic. Dentists can easily tell the difference between these types of stains.

Dental fluorosis, cavities, and trauma can result in intrinsic dental stains. Unfortunately, these stains can’t be improved with professional teeth whitening because the whitening product only affects the outer surface of the teeth. Dental veneers are typically recommended by dentists to cover up these dental stains.

However, dental patients with extrinsic tooth stains can benefit from professional whitening treatments. In just one 45-minute appointment, the powerful ingredients in the whitening product combined with the expertise of the dentist can brighten a patient’s smile up to eight shades!

2. Professional teeth whitening is safe.

While many over-the-counter and professional teeth whitening products are approved by the American Dental Association, professional whitening is always safer.

When a person buys over-the-counter whitening products, they’re often tempted to use more of the products than is safe for the enamel on their teeth. This can lead to dental sensitivity and even damage to the surrounding soft tissues.

Professional teeth whitening products are safe because they are applied by a professional who understands how to properly administer them and knows exactly how much product to use. Dentists also apply a protective gel to the gums and cover your lips to protect them from harm.

3. In-office whitening is convenient.

Store-bought products require people to give up lots of personal time to gain a brighter smile. Busy adults have a difficult time being consistent about using the whitening product which means desirable results are even less likely.

When you choose to visit a dentist for teeth whitening, the results come much faster and last much longer. Not only does this save you time, but it can also save you money in the long run!

Over-the-counter products are initially cheaper than professional whitening, but over time, the cost can add up. When patients follow the instructions of their dentist, the results can last for years. Because of this, many patients decide to have their teeth professionally whitened every few years instead of throwing away money on less effective products.

Visit a Cosmetic Dentist

At Metropolitan Dental Care, our team of cosmetic dentistry experts is prepared to help you achieve the smile of your dreams. No more hiding from the camera, no more editing photos, and no more throwing away money.

Patients who choose professional teeth whitening are more likely to feel confident, feel happy, and proudly display their smiles than those who don’t.

If you’re ready to experience all the benefits that professional teeth whitening has to offer, call (303) 534-2626 to schedule an initial consultation today.