Is Professional Teeth Whitening Worth It?

Should You Get Your Teeth Whitened

As dentists, one of our main goals is to help patients not only have healthier smiles but feel more confident when they smile. Frequently, stained teeth can be a reason some people feel embarrassed by their smiles. There are a few ways to handle stained teeth with teeth whitening. In this article we are going to cover the differences in costs and benefits between over-the-counter whitening products, whitening products sold by your dentist, and whitening treatments done in office. If you have questions about cosmetic dental procedures in Maine, give us a call. 

What Options Are There For Teeth Whitening?

Over The Counter Products: At your local department store or pharmacy you might notice a whole host of dental products claiming to be the perfect solution for stained teeth. Over the counter products can be a bit hit or miss depending on the product. In some cases, there are products that are safe but not very effective. For example, teeth whitening tooth paste doesn’t provide nearly as dramatic results as other whitening methods. By contrast there are also strips that might not be safe for your teeth or could lead to uneven whitening. We recommend talking to your dentist to get recommendations. 

Products Provided By A Dentist: Whitening products used at-home that are sold or recommended by your dentist often have a few key benefits. First and foremost, they are safe to use. Dentists will never sell products that could put your teeth or gums at risk of disease. Additionally, they provide more dramatic results than some OTC options. This is because stronger whitening products are often provided to dentists since they can fully instruct you on how to use them. 

In-Office Whitening Procedures: One way to get the best results quickly is with in-office whitening procedures. These procedures are done by trained dental teams so they provide the best whitening in the least amount of time. 

How Much Does It Cost To Get Teeth Whitening

Different procedures will have different costs. Generally over the counter products are the cheapest but they also have the widest margin for efficacy. In-office whitening procedures are usually. the most expensive because of the machinery used, and the fact that it is done by a professional. It is also provides the best results. One thing to consider is when you need results and what results you are looking for. If you are getting your teeth whitened before your wedding you might consider getting your teeth whitened in-office. If you are simply looking to address a stain, the best option would be to ask your dentist if they provide at-home whitening kits.

Visit A Dentist in Lewiston Maine

If you are looking for cosmetic dental services, we can help. If you want to know more about teeth whitening or a smile makeover, or other services, please give us a call.

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