Does professional teeth whitening really work?

I’m wondering if going to the dentist for professional whitening works?
I’m not interested in crest whitening strips, since they don’t work for me and ruin the enamel. But has anyone tried whitening at the dentist and did it work for anyone? Also, how much did it cost, and how often do you get it done?

Thanks, Marcus

Dear Marcus,

Yes, professional tooth whitening procedures at the dental office do work and can dramatically lighten your teeth. Any whitening product whether bought over the counter or treatment from your dentist can be harmful to your enamel if over used. The products over the counter can lighten teeth a couple of shades however its more of a temporary lightening and the product has to be used over and over again in order to maintain the brightness. The reason for this is over the counter bleaching products are not as strong as the ones used in the dental office. Its kind of like comparing Ibuprofen to percocet.

Once bleaching is completed at the dental office teeth can remain white and bright for several years. They usually never go back to the original shade, however our diets, dark liquids we drink, and tobacco habits can discolor our teeth faster, so we recommend our patients to touch up every several years if they notice any darkening of the teeth which is fairly inexpensive. Most dentists have two types of whitening procedures. One is an in office procedure where a bleaching agent is applied to your teeth and a light is placed over your teeth to activate the bleaching product. Zoom whitening is one of the popular ones you may have heard of. This procedure usually takes about 2 hours and bumps up the color of your teeth several shades. This can cost several hundred dollars. Another option is to have bleach trays made and you can bleach your teeth in the comfort of your own home. This procedure is less expensive then the in office procedure and works just as well.

We recommend you consult with your dentist to see if you are a good candidate for teeth whitening and which product will work best for you.

This post is sponsored by Phoenix cosmetic dentist Arthur Chal Esthetic and Reconstructive Dentistry.

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