You won’t be surprised if we tell you that teeth whitening is the most popular form of cosmetic dentistry in the United States. All the evidence you need is as close as the nearest toothpaste aisle.
Next time you are there, try to count all the different “whitening” products you can find. Gels and strips, toothpaste and mouthrinses all claim they will give you a whiter, brighter smile.
If these worked as well as they claim, then we wouldn’t need to offer professional whitening at our dentist office in Marietta, GA. Yet, we have patients who request this service practically on a daily basis.
Today, we want to discuss briefly the differences between commercial and professional teeth whitening. We also want to share a little about four different whitening options we offer at Atlanta West Dentistry.
Professional Vs. Commercial Teeth Whitening
We could share stories about patients who tried commercial whitening products, then came to us for professional treatment. Instead, we want to share the findings of the American Dental Association Council on Scientific Affairs.
The council divides whitening products into two general categories: those with and those without bleaching agents.
Whitening toothpaste does not contain bleaching agents, for example. Like any toothpaste, “whitening” toothpaste can help remove surface stains, but that’s about all.
Whitening gels and strips do contain bleaching agents like hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide. Commercial versions of these products can lift some of the deeper stains from your smile, but there is a limit to what they can do.
Nevertheless, there are risks to using commercial whitening products. Overuse can damage your teeth.
Professional whitening uses the same bleaching agents as the commercial product. The difference is the concentration of those ingredients. You could compare it to the difference between cleaning something with a garden hose or with a pressure washer.
When used as directed under the supervision of a dentist, professional whitening can remove deep stains from your teeth in a short amount of time.
Unfortunately, some patients are not good candidates for whitening. This is why you should talk to one of our dentists in Marietta, GA, before you try any whitening product. If teeth whitening won’t work for you, we may be able to give you a whiter smile with another cosmetic treatment like dental veneers.
With that in mind, let’s discuss the teeth whitening products that we offer for our patients.
Four Professional Teeth Whitening Options
Different patients have different needs with regard to how white is white enough. Patients also differ in how they prefer to approach their teeth whitening. That’s why we offer the options listed below:
➤ 1. KöR Deep Bleaching
You might say this is the premier teeth whitening product. KöR’s manufacturing process preserves as much of the potency of its products from the time it is made until it is applied to your teeth.
This treatment combines in-office treatment with take-home care to provide the best results possible.
➤ KöR Night
With KöR Night, you have a way to whiten your teeth while your sleep. This specially designed product can be kept on your teeth longer with minimal effects on teeth sensitivity.
The custom-made trays are designed to make the treatment as effective as possible. And what could be easier than whitening your smile while you sleep?
➤ Sinsational Smile
This is a cost-effective and fast way to whiten teeth. Sinsational Smile works in as little as 20 minutes and can be used in combination with an LED accelerating light.
A great time to get this teeth whitening treatment is right after a professional dental cleaning.
➤ Opalescence Go
For patients who prefer a DIY approach to teeth whitening, it doesn’t get much simpler than this. With Opalescence Go, you will receive a set of prefilled whitening trays.
Once you get them, you just need to wear them as directed. This can be an effective introduction to teeth whitening or a way to maintain a white, bright smile for years to come.