According to the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD), teeth whitening is the most popular cosmetic dental treatment in America. In fact, respondents to a survey conducted by the AACD overwhelmingly said that the one feature they want to change most about their smile is the brightness of their teeth. While many people might be tempted to go with one of the many teeth whitening kits, toothpastes, or rinses currently available on grocery store shelves, using one of those over-the-counter solutions could cause more harm than good. Dr. Stephen J. Burds, your Des Moines IA dentist, discusses the problems associated with grocery store teeth whitening and the benefits of opting for professional teeth whitening with your dentist.
Problems Associated with Grocery Store Teeth Whitening Products
In a lengthy report on teeth whitening published by the American Dental Association’s Council on Scientific Affairs, researchers pointed out three primary problems with over-the-counter teeth whitening products:
- Product abuse. Most OTC products do not yield dramatically whiter results as quickly as many users would like. This often leads to overuse of teeth whitening products which, consequently, can cause irritation of the soft tissues, tooth sensitivity, and damage to the enamel. Consulting with a dentist and using a professional strength whitening product serves the dual purpose of managing patient expectations and providing a more predictable whitening experience.
- Concealing pre-existing dental issues. At-home teeth whitening treatments can mask tooth discolorations that are caused by dental health problems, such as tooth decay or old, faulty dental work. This could lead to the person’s dentist missing the problem at a checkup. When you receive a professional teeth whitening treatment, your dentist will first perform a visual examination and address any oral health problems before the whitening procedure can take place.
Professional Teeth Whitening: A Safer Way to Brighten Your Smile
Your Des Moines IA dentist offers two safe, effective, and affordable teeth whitening options. At-home whitening kits consist of a set of custom-fitted whitening trays that you fill with maximum-strength whitening gel and wear for a couple of hours every day. The personalized trays ensure that your gums stay protected and you can expect a smile that looks several shades whiter within about 7 days. Dr. Burds also offers an in-office whitening treatment. Utilizing high-strength whitening gel and a special light, Dr. Burds can help you enjoy a dramatically brighter smile in about an hour.
Professional Teeth Whitening with Your Des Moines IA Dentist
To learn more about how professional teeth whitening can give you the radiant smile you want safely and effectively, schedule an appointment with your Des Moines dentist by calling Gateway Dental Group at (515) 244-9565. Located in the 50309 area, we proudly welcome patients from Des Moines, River Bend, Kirkwood Glen, East Village, and neighboring communities.