When wanting to whiten your teeth, there are many options available. The easy to grab whitening kits at the store might seem like the best option, but there are many reasons why a professional whitening conducted by your dentist is the best option.
While an at-home kit may whiten your teeth, can you ensure it will whiten the entire tooth consistently? The generic nature of many at home whitening products can’t deliver a consistent whitening, which does not deliver the perfect smile people are looking for.
It is too easy to inadvertently cause damage to your teeth with at home kits! The chemicals used, the application time and the area covered are crucial to a successful whitening, but is nearly impossible to do by yourself at home. Many people damage their enamel and end up having to come to a dentist to get it repaired.
At home, whitening can’t fix the issues that may be causing the discoloration of your teeth. You might be just covering up issues that a dentist needs to address before the tooth can be whitened.
Misuse and overuse of at home whitening kits can lead to nerve damage due to the nerves becoming more permeable after a whitening process is performed. Nerve damage could lead to a tooth needing to be extracted due to the pain involved.
The mouth guards with kits are generically made to fit everyone, so there is no guarantee it will fit your mouth properly. An ill-fitting mouth guard leads to inconsistent whitening and the chemicals moving to unwanted areas, such as the gums.
When it comes down to it, a professional whitening is the safest and most effective way to whiten your teeth!