We all worry about how we look to others around us. We look at ourselves in the mirror and smile, knowing it is one of the first things people notice when they meet us for the first time. Unfortunately, over time, our teeth can lose some of their luster and our smile might not look as bright as it once did. This is particularly true for those who smoke or who drink coffee or tea every day. All of those things can affect tooth enamel, staining it as it becomes more porous the older we get. Even certain fruits can stain our teeth.
One way to deal with this is by having a professional whitening procedure done. It only takes a single appointment and can be completed in under one hour. Those who have been considering doing something about their smiles should come in to the office and find out more about the whitening procedures we offer here at Bonnie & Simone. Come see us today.
There are dozens of whitening solutions ads assuring us of how easy it is to brighten our smiles ourselves at home. These options are less expensive than the professional whitening treatment; however, there are specific risks associated with those options patients need to be aware of. At-home kits could potentially damage teeth and gums permanently. The effects of at-home whitening kits do not last as long as the professionally applied treatments. Another issue with over-the-counter options is they are performed at home without a dentist actively monitoring the process, which can overexpose tender tissues to overly harsh chemicals.
Over the Counter Solutions vs. Professional Solutions
Keep in mind, at-home kits have a carbamide peroxide solution between 10-20% while the solution we use is typically in the 40% range. As you can see it is a much higher concentration of the whitening solution and therefore offers many longer-lasting effects.
The American Dental Association even had to get involved because there are so many over-the-counter solutions that were causing significant damage to patients. Their warning simply states that when at-home kits are not used in an appropriate manner, they can cause irreparable damage to the soft and hard tissues of the oral cavity.
Patients considering whitening their teeth with an at-home solution should come in to see us before they do it. We can go over the options with you. We can be reached at Bonnie & Simone by calling (757) 540-1028. Give us a call to answer your questions or to get your appointment scheduled with our office.