Answering Questions About Teeth-Whitening

Because stains commonly develop on teeth, even when they’re healthy, teeth-whitening is a common cosmetic treatment option. However, that’s also why many people seek over-the-counter (OTC) whitening options in hopes of brightening their smiles quickly and conveniently. Unfortunately, this can lead to unsatisfactory results, and you may still be left with stains that need to be addressed. For patients in El Paso, TX, professional at-home teeth-whitening can offer much more substantial results and with the same convenience as OTC options.

Why isn’t OTC whitening a good idea?

While OTC products can be applied conveniently, they’re also highly diluted and much less potent than professional whitening agents. This means that, at the end of your treatment, your smile may not be much brighter and you may still exhibit noticeable stains. This may prompt some patients to overuse the treatment, causing damage to their tooth enamel and healthy tooth structure.

How can I still whiten my teeth at home?

Fortunately, professional teeth-whitening can also be performed at home after a single visit to your dentist’s office. If teeth-whitening is the best option for your smile, then your dentist can custom-design a set of whitening trays that you can take home and use to apply the professional-strength bleaching agent to your teeth. Not only is the treatment convenient, but also potent enough to erase even stubborn stains while significantly brightening your teeth.

What if teeth-whitening doesn’t work?

Another danger to relying on OTC whitening products is that your teeth stains may not be respondent to teeth-whitening at all. Only a comprehensive examination by your dentist will be able to tell you for sure if it is the best option, or if you require more involved treatment such as porcelain veneers.

Learn more about professional teeth-whitening

The good thing about professional teeth-whitening is that you can enjoy professional results with the convenience of at-home treatment. To learn more, schedule an appointment by calling the Sunny Smiles dental office nearest you in El Paso, TX, today! We have offices in the East, Northeast, and Westside of El Paso, and happily welcome patients from all nearby communities, including Chaparral, Canutillo, Vinton, and Sunland Park, New Mexico.