Teeth Whitening: Do it yourself or visit the dentist? This question is now being asked by millions of people on the internet. There are so many over the counter whitening products to chose from. Many of those whitening kits claim to be as good as a dentist treatment. Is this really the case? Not according to the American Dental Association (ADA).
In 2009, the ADA released a report on the dangers of using DIY teeth whitening kits. The ADA explains that without proper supervision you can damage the surface of your teeth and the nerve endings. You can also injure your gum tissue, get an upset stomach from poorly fitted mouth guards and experience uneven whitening and pitting.
For these reasons you need to consult with a dentist before you use any over the counter products. Dr Mariana Conant of Brickwalk Dental in Fairfield, CT will examine all of your teeth before she recommends further treatment.
As a member of the ADA, Dr Mariana Conant will be looking for things like, tooth decay, periodontal disease, impacted teeth and any infections that could be present. All of these conditions need to be treated before any other procedures can be performed.
The staff at Brickwalk Dental, will also make you feel comfortable and at ease. With its modern facilities and equipment you can rest assured that you are getting the best possible care the surgery has to offer. In most cases appointments last less than an hour and are hassle free.
Once your teeth have been examined and everything looks good, you can go ahead with having them whitened. What options are available? Laser treatments have become very popular over the last few years. The treatment takes less than an hour and won’t cause any discomfort. How does it work? Bleach is applied to the teeth that need whitening first. A laser is used to activate the bleach and speed up the whitening process.
Other options for teeth whitening include custom made bleaching trays. A mould is taken of your teeth to ensure a perfect fit. Why use a custom made tray? It safeguards you from accidentally ingesting the whitening solution.
If your teeth are badly discolored you may choose a more permanent solution. Talk to Dr Mariana Conant at Brickwalk Dental in Fairfield, CT, about the benefits of porcelain/plastic veneers. This may be the best solution for you. It is a very good investment to make as veneers can greatly improve the appearance of your teeth.
Hopefully, you now understand the importance of having your teeth whitening by a dentist. Purchasing DIY whitening kits may save you some money initially. In the long run they could damage your teeth and possibly your health. You now know that visiting your dentist is the best option. You will have beautiful white teeth and will want to show them off. Your smile is one of the most valuable assets you have. Protect it by having your teeth whitened by your dentist.
For more information on dental issues and dental health, give our office a call at 203-255-5999. We look forward to speaking with you.