3 Reasons To Choose Professional Whitening

Dental staining usually occurs from the food that you eat or the beverages that you drink. Pigments and dyes can quickly discolor the tooth enamel. This discoloration can accumulate over time, causing the teeth to appear darkened or yellow.

Regardless of the type of dental discoloration from which you may be suffering, there are multiple whitening applications available. If you are considering whitening your teeth, your best option may be to have them whitened by a dental professional. Here are a few reasons why:

Quick Results

When a dentist whitens your teeth, he or she applies a concentrated form of a peroxide-based whitening solution that bleaches away dental stains. The solution is more concentrated than over-the-counter applications. In addition to the whitening agent, the dentist may use a specialized light to intensify the results of the treatment. People who have their teeth whitened professionally in an in-office setting often have their teeth whitened several shades during a single session.


Over-the-counter whitening products are usually safe as long as they are only applied as recommended. However, when some people don't receive the results that they desire, they may not wait the prescribed amount of time before trying to reapply the product. Overuse of dental whiteners can result in dental sensitivity.

Teeth-whitening products that are applied by a dentist are performed precisely as they should be. Thus, there is no chance of overuse. In addition, professional whiteners are designed not to be absorbed deeply into the pores of the teeth, where they could access sensitive dental nerves. Also, since the whitening products work quickly, patients are usually satisfied with the results and have no desire to apply additional products at home.

For added safety, before the dentist applies the gel to the teeth, he or she may apply a protective base to the gums to prevent irritation that may occur if the gel remains on the gums for a prolonged period.

Prescription for At-home Maintenance Products

After having your teeth whitened by your dentist, he or she may prescribe products, such as specific mouth rinses or toothpastes to be used to maintain your results at home. These products are designed to work in conjunction with the professional whitening product that was applied in the dental office. Consequently, you can maintain the whiteness of your teeth even longer.

To have your teeth whitened by a professional, schedule an appointment with a cosmetic dentist in your area, such as Gentle Dental Family Care.