Do you often find yourself staring at Hollywood stars’ smiles, wishing yours was as bright as the actors and actresses you see on the silver screen? If you want to dazzle the way they do, you probably already know that teeth whitening offers a solution. Do you feel stumped, though, what treatment to choose? While there are many over-the-counter products made to whiten teeth, few are as effective or efficient as professional teeth whitening through a cosmetic dentist. It’s also hard to determine which OTC product is going to be safest, or if it will yield the dramatic results for which you’re looking. So, if you want to create a truly dazzling smile, talk to a cosmetic dentist about how professional whitening could help!
What Makes Professional Treatment Unique?
Professional whitening products may use similar whitening ingredients to those you have seen advertised on TV, or on the shelves of your favorite grocery store or pharmacy. However, professional products are prescription strength, and designed to provide consistently noticeable and safe results.
A cosmetic dentist can also help make sure your teeth are healthy enough for cosmetic treatment. Keep in mind undiagnosed dental cavities can make any whitening product incredibly uncomfortable, so a thorough checkup and cleaning is the best first-step in improving the look of your smile.
What Can a Dentist Do If the Stains Are Permanent or Intrinsic
Even if you do suffer from permanent staining, there is still hope for creating a whiter, brighter smile. The dentist may advise either cosmetic bonding or porcelain veneers, which can help to hide intrinsic staining or discoloration.
Talk to your dentist about your goals, budget and lifestyle (such as if you are a tobacco-user) so he or she can help determine which treatment is best suited for your smile.