The Value of Professional Teeth Whitening

January 31, 2022 Jeffrey T. Baker, DDS PC

Are you ever overwhelmed by the sheer number of over-the-counter teeth whitening systems at your local pharmacy or grocery store? If you want whiter teeth, our Shelby Township, MI, cosmetic dentists can help with professional teeth whitening.

We do not recommend this procedure for children because their adult teeth have not yet come in. Adults, however, are welcome to schedule a consultation with one of our dentists and discuss their options. It’s never too late to get the smile you’ve always wanted.

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Here’s what you need to know when it comes to choosing teeth whitening for yourself.

Teeth Whitening Benefits

Before getting started, our dentists will check the current shade of your teeth. Our teeth whitening products have high concentrations of top-quality ingredients that lift stains much faster than anything you could buy at the store. Many of our patients look forward to being able to smile with confidence for the first time in years.

Other benefits of receiving teeth whitening treatment include:

  • The process is quick and it produces long-lasting results
  • Teeth whitening ingredients used in the office are safer than random products found online
  • Less risk of damaging your teeth and gums with office provided materials

Is Teeth Whitening Right for You?

Be cautious of generic over-the-counter whitening products. They often contain numerous abrasive ingredients that break down your enamel, leave your teeth more sensitive, and not as white as you want.

You owe it to yourself to speak with one of our cosmetic dentists if you have ever felt self-conscious about tooth discoloration. They’ll be able to tell if you are a candidate for teeth whitening.

If you have a history of tooth sensitivity or gum disease, our dentists may recommend another option to fix tooth discoloration. The good news is that most people qualify for professional whitening. For example, people with periodontitis (advanced gum disease) may want to reconsider professional teeth whiteningtechniques that could irritate their gums.

Maintaining Your White Teeth

After your appointment, you will be given a kit that contains custom teeth whitening trays. The teeth whitening trays are for you to use at home so you can maintain your beautiful white smile.

Our dentists will also ask you to stay away from foods and beverages that can stain your teeth, such as coffee and red wine. For the rest of the day, you may experience brief flashes of pain that can be managed with over-the-counter pain relievers.

Long Lasting Results

The effects of teeth whitening can last a long time, about 12 to 24 months, but this is dependent on how well you take care of your teeth. This is why it’s important you take good care of your smile. Continue brushing your teeth twice a day and floss once daily to remove plaque.

A healthy smile is a beautiful smile. We recommend seeing our dentists at our Shelby Township dental office at least every 6 months for your oral examination and teeth cleaning to help keep your teeth and mouth healthy.

Whitening Sensitive Teeth

Yes, sensitive teeth can still be whitened. When you come in for your appointment, let your dentist know that and we can work at a pace most comfortable for you.

The whitening gel and varnish we use is specially formulated as to not irritate teeth and gums. Despite all our precautions, it’s still possible for a patient to experience quick instances of pain, often called “zingers” although not everyone does.

If you experience pain during teeth whitening, please do not hesitate to alert our dentists or dental assistants. You have the power to stop the procedure at any time if you feel the pain is unbearable. Different people have different pain tolerances and we understand it may be too much for some people.

Schedule an Appointment

Please call the dental office of Jeffrey T. Baker, DDS PC at (586) 992-9222 to schedule an appointment if you’re interested in professional teeth whitening from our dentists in Shelby Township, MI. We are accepting new patients!

This blog post has been updated.

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