Why Go To The Dentist For Whitening?

July 17, 2018

The aisles at the grocery store and drug store are filled with at-home whitening solutions. There’s everything from mouthguards, kits, mouthwash, toothpaste, even whitening floss. Along with the stuff you can get from over the counter, there are also tons of popular DIY whitening options, such as baking soda or activated charcoal. With all of these whitening options to choose from in Olathe, KS, why would someone choose to go to the dentist for teeth-whitening? Some over-the-counter solutions can be just as effective as a professional-grade treatment from the dentist, so again, why choose the dentist? The short answers are because your dentist can customize your whitening treatment while also keeping an eye out for any oral health concerns.

Customized Treatment

Your dentist can create a mouthguard that is custom designed for your smile built by your smile’s exact shape and measurements. Having this type of mouth tray means that it will fit better. A better fit will give the professional-grade gel more opportunity to penetrate the enamel of your teeth.

Important Concerns

Whitening treatments (even the most effective ones) are not always safe for your smile. Some people end up having more sensitivity (and even pain) in their teeth and gums because of whitening treatments. DIY solutions, specifically activated charcoal, can be too abrasive for teeth and actually lead to the erosion of your enamel. While it may look whiter for a bit, it can eventually strip your teeth of your protective outer layer. Your dentist can monitor your smile’s health during a professional whitening treatment. Your dentist can also tell if you have cosmetic needs that a whitening treatment simply cannot address. Discoloration from within the tooth cannot be removed during whitening and some other cosmetic treatment will be required to change the shades of the teeth.

Do You Want to Get a Whiter Smile?

Your dentist can customize treatment and address important concerns. To schedule a consultation call E-Care Dentistry, PA in Olathe, KS, today at 913-210-1701. We also proudly serve patients from Overland Park, Lenexa, Leawood, Gardner, Spring Hill, Osawatomie, Edgerton, Shawnee, Johnson County, De Soto, Paola, Lawrence, and all surrounding communities.