If you're keen to capture a celebrity smile, there are several teeth whitening options available. All over Australia, people whiten their teeth using a range of methods, from over the counter preparations to dentist-created home kits personally tailored to users' mouths. But what of teeth whitening that takes place in the dentist's chair? And why do so many people choose to leave their whitening in the hands of professionals?
If you opt to whiten your teeth in the dentist's clinic you will face a heftier bill than when using the at home methods, and you'll have to set aside an hour or two to attend your appointment, rather than working on your smile amidst the millions of other tasks that fill your day. Yet in-clinic whitening continues to be popular, simply due to its results.
Professional teeth whitening is highly successful because of the ingredients used, and the professional care and attention your dentist is able to devote to your smile. Your dentist has access to much stronger whitening solutions than those available either to take home from the dental clinic or to purchase over the counter, and they are able to integrate advanced technology into the whitening system that you just can't replicate at home.
The Zoom system, for example, not only uses a strong solution of hydrogen peroxide to bleach stains from both the dentin and enamel of your teeth, it relies on focusing a light into your mouth to activate the solution, encouraging oxygen to get to work on those pearly whites.
Whitening solutions can cause some tooth and gum sensitivity, and your dentist is also able to take professional measures to guard your gums during the whitening process. Another popular in-clinic method of teeth whitening is the Opalescence Boost treatment. This relies on a far stronger solution of hydrogen peroxide than the Zoom treatment, and combines it with the enamel-strengthening agents of potassium nitrate and fluoride, which help to combat any sensitivity that can arise from the procedure.
After an in-clinic treatment, your dentist will usually supply you with an additional maintenance kit to use at home, so that your can prologue that gorgeous smile. The results speak for themselves. While an over the counter preparation yields only mild results, both dentist-prepared take home kits and in-clinic treatments generate a significant improvement that can last several years if carefully maintained. So if you're leaning towards a little whitening, trust your teeth to a professional. You won't be able to stop smiling.