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A shopping mall is a great place to gets lots of errands done in one trip. Department stores, clothing boutiques, specialty shops? So many tempting options all in one place. But teeth whitening? Maybe not.
Dental office whitening provides you with the whitest possible teeth in the safest possible manner. Your teeth will be checked first for any condition that might make whitening a bad idea, such as tooth decay, weakened enamel, gum disease, or even gum recession.
THE MALL WHITENING PROCESS. No dental exam will be provided beforehand at the mall. If you have any dental issues, the whitening process might cause further problems such as permanent tooth sensitivity or gum inflammation. The amount of peroxide in the bleaching agents can vary kiosk to kiosk. You might end up with something equal to over the counter home whitening strips, or you might be exposed to solutions that should only be provided in a dentist's office. Finally, in many areas, mall whitening is actually illegal because it is considered the practice of dentistry without a license. Mall kiosks skirt this problem by having the customers insert the trays full of gel themselves - a practice that does take the place of professional training, licensing, and regulation.
A mall kiosk is a convenient place to select a new phone, try an unusal hair product, or purchase the latest in fad toys. But when it comes to your dental health, it's worth a special trip to the dental office if you want the safest, most effective whitening.
The next time you take a selfie, make sure that your smile is at its brightest and whitest! And speaking of which, the best type of whitening for your smile depends on what you are hoping to accomplish.
WHITENING TOOTHPASTES. This is certainly the easiest method of whitening, but will brushing alone produce your whitest smile? Probably not. Whitening toothpastes use chemicals and abrasives to remove some surface stains that are caused by foods, beverages and smoking.
WHITENING STRIPS AND GEL TRAYS. Whitening gels can be applied at home with strips or tray kits. These peroxide-based gels are stronger than the formulas that are used in toothpastes. Strips come coated with the whitening gel and work when pressed to your teeth for a specified amount of time. One difficulty here is in making sure that each tooth is completely covered by the strip so that even whitening takes place. Tray and gel whitening systems provide a mouthguard-like appliance that is filled with whitening gel that is applied to your teeth for a specific period of time. A custom tray is the best option.
OFFICE TREATMENT. Professional whitening makes use of a gel with a higher concentration of peroxide and is provided by a dental office. This process is usually faster, more effective and longer lasting.
Some teeth are not good candidates for any type of whitening procedures. If you have dark stains caused by trauma, drugs such as tetracycline, discoloration due to root canals, or darker dental bonding, crowns, or other prosthetics, it is best to first discuss which possible solution may be best for you with our dental professionals.
Although the Summer sunshine and warm weather will soon fade into Fall, it is never too late to think about brightening up your smile! A whiter smile is only one visit away!
Teeth whitening is safe, quick, and inexpensive. It can be used to correct many tooth discolorations, which may have been caused by staining, aging, or chemical damage to teeth. Using the latest in whitening technology, a safe method for creating the beautiful smile that you have always wanted can be achieved.