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Is Teeth Whitening Safe?

Do you desire a whiter, brighter smile? You’re not alone. In fact, many people wish their smiles were lighter. However, many patients are overwhelmed by their whitening options. From a myriad of drug store whitening systems to visiting their dentist for professional teeth whitening, the choices can be confusing and may leave patients’ wondering which methods are best for their oral health. Fortunately, our cosmetic dentist offers safe, professional teeth whitening treatments that protect teeth and gums while also improving a patient’s appearance.

The Truth about Store Bought Products

Many patients are surprised to learn that store bought products do not work as well as their advertisements and commercials claim. Whitening toothpastes, gels, and strips bought over the counter can cause tooth sensitivity and some may even damage enamel—especially if used too frequently. Furthermore, teeth whitening products bought in a store actually lack the strength to truly bleach away deep, permanent stains. These products are only capable of removing surface stains. Since over the counter whitening products may damage enamel and cause tooth sensitivity, our cosmetic dentist strongly encourages patients who want to whiten their smiles to schedule a consultation at our practice.

Professional Teeth Whitening

Our cosmetic dentist offers very effective tooth whitening at our practice for patients who desire a brighter smile. Using a special take-home system with custom fitted trays, patients can whiten their teeth at their leisure in the comfort of their homes. To whiten teeth, a prescription-strength bleaching formula is used that can lighten deep stains that have penetrated the tooth enamel. Since whitening is done gradually instead of all at once, this type of teeth whitening is far less likely to cause tooth and gum sensitivity. Gradual whitening, because it is more gentle, does not affect tooth enamel like store-bought products that contain abrasive agents to scrub away stains.

To schedule an appointment or smile makeover consultation with our skilled cosmetic dentists, call Richardson Dentistry today.

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