If you’re on a mission to brighten your smile, you might wonder which whitening products to use and 一 more importantly 一 if they work.
Below, Dr. Hinna Chaudhry answers this question in more detail and highlights your professional teeth whitening options available here at Ardsley Dental Spa in Ardsley, New York.
Do teeth whitening treatments work?
The answer: It depends. Not all teeth whitening treatments are created equally, and unfortunately, some just might not work for you.
When teeth whitening treatments don’t deliver the results you want
There are many reasons why over-the-counter teeth whitening doesn’t work. Across the board, such whitening products contain much less potent whitening agents than the professional-grade versions.
Additionally, over-the-counter products aren’t customized to fit your teeth, which means the whitening gel might not apply evenly on your teeth if the generic trays are too loose.
Strips may adhere to your teeth, but they’re messy and can easily slide out of place. Whitening toothpaste and mouthwashes can take months to make a noticeable difference.
Additionally, teeth whitening treatments 一 over-the-counter or professional-grade 一 may not work for you if you have extremely stubborn stains, crowns, or other dental work that doesn’t respond to treatments.
In these cases, you’re not destined to have stained teeth forever. Veneers are a potential way for you to achieve pearly white teeth even if teeth whitening won’t work for you.
When teeth whitening treatments deliver the results you want
Teeth whitening treatments may not work well for everyone, but for some, the results can be nothing short of brilliant. Professional whitening treatments lift stains that over-the-counter gels and strips just can’t.
Here at Ardsley Dental Spa, Dr. Chaudhry offers shade matching with the innovative VITA Easyshade® system.
Not only is professional whitening more effective than OTC versions, it’s also faster. In just 30-45 minutes, you can turn a dull smile into a dazzling one.
A bright smile can impact your mental wellness too. Studies show that individuals who whiten their teeth experience an increase in self-esteem and a boost in social confidence.
So, yes, teeth whitening really does work as long as you don’t have permanent stains (such as from side effects of medication or a dead tooth) and you’re not trying to whiten a crown.
The intensity of the results you see depends on whether you’re opting for OTC or professional products since professional products are stronger, more effective, and more efficient.
How does professional teeth whitening work?
Once Dr. Chaudhry determines that teeth whitening is right for you, she places whitening gel into trays that fit over your teeth. Then, a special light activates the gel and speeds up the entire process. We also offer professional-grade take-home trays.
Customize your dream smile
Ready to treat yourself to a few cosmetic services? Pair whitening treatments with facial rejuvenation for an ultimate fresh new look. To explore all of our cosmetic dentistry services, including teeth whitening, call us at 914-348-9815 or request your visit online today.