Why you should visit your dentist if you want to whiten your teeth

Ironside Advanced Dental explains why having your teeth professionally whitened is better than over-the-counter products.

Everybody wants to look their best, and there’s nothing that looks better than a beautiful smile. Each smile is unique, special in its own way. Tooth discolouration can occur when you drink tea, coffee, red wine or soft drink, or when you smoke; it can also be caused simply by getting older. It can make you feel as though your smile isn’t the best it could be – it might even make you feel like you don’t want to smile at all! But before you pop down to your local chemist or supermarket to buy the latest-and-greatest in cheap tooth whitening solutions, let us tell you why it’s a much better idea to visit your dentist.

Why you shouldn’t use over-the-counter whitening products

While over-the-counter teeth whitening products can certainly be cost-effective, there are many drawbacks to using these solutions. Teeth-whitening strips, for example, really only work on straight teeth. If your teeth are slightly crooked or slanted, the product may not reach certain sections of the tooth, making colour uneven. Because the product is mass-produced and not individually prescribed to you, the colour result may not be exactly what you wanted; you may also experience tooth sensitivity or discomfort during the process. There’s also a considerable amount of time before you see a result, usually one to two weeks. You should also keep in mind that over-the-counter whitening products are classified as cosmetic products, and therefore aren’t subject to any kind of industry regulation.

Why you should have your teeth professionally whitened by a dentist

For starters, your dentist is a trained professional. He/she will examine the discolouration of your teeth and match the strength of the whitening products to your individual needs. If you experience any sensitivity during the procedure, your dentist will be right there to make sure you’re comfortable. Before you have your teeth whitened at Ironside Advanced Dental, we use a remineralisation process to minimise sensitivity during and after whitening. We use the bleaching agent ZOOM! a rapid and highly effective in-office treatment. You can have the bright white smile you’ve always dreamed of in two hours – just one appointment!

Brighter, whiter, right now.

If you’d like your smile to be a little brighter, don’t risk your teeth or your time on unregulated, over-the-counter products.