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Bright teeth subliminally communicate a lot: vibrancy, health, confidence, excitement. Unsurprisingly, there are dozens of teeth whitening products on the market staking claim to the hundreds of millions of dollars Americans spend on teeth whitening every year, but dentists agree that many of these products are either subpar or even detrimental to dental health.

Nonprescription Whitening Products: Unhelpful or Even Harmful

With whitening pens, gels, toothpastes, charcoal scrubs, and home kits, there are lots of over-the-counter teeth whitening products available. Unfortunately, most of these whitening products deliver limited or unnoticeable results because the most effective processes used to whiten teeth internally are unachievable for nonprescription products, which act only on the external tooth surface. Daily usage of over-the-counter products simply won’t whiten teeth like professional treatments.

Even more, dentists are also increasingly concerned that some at-home whitening methods pose potential problems to dental health. Abrasive products like charcoal toothpastes or chemically loaded gels can cause gum irritation and tooth sensitivity. Overuse of abrasive or caustic agents on teeth could permanently damage tooth enamel, compromising long-term dental health. Moreover, businesses like spas and nail salons have begun offering stylish forms of UV-light teeth whitening, but these treatments have not undergone clinical study and could be harmful to dental and gum health.

Dentists Provide Best Teeth Whitening Results 

It’s true! Teeth whitening is best overseen by your dentist, either performed in-office or with a customized take-home kit and instructions designed for your teeth and dental health. Your dentist can help you whiten your teeth safely, by a significantly greater margin than nonprescription products.

While tooth discoloration can be intensified by consuming dark foods, dark liquids, and tobacco, dentists understand that tooth darkening is also natural, happening to all teeth over time as part of the aging process. As the outermost layer of your enamel thins, the softer and darker dentin within the tooth becomes more prominent. However, you can safely whiten your teeth no matter your age because effective whitening is largely a matter of tooth oxidation, not staining.

Healthy teeth whitening is achieved by re-oxygenating the teeth, which can be done easily and to great effect using targeted formulas like those made by Opalescence™. There are also special workarounds with endodontic therapy for a tooth darkened by a root canal. However, these kinds of treatments can only be performed by a licensed dentist.

First Smile Family Dental offers professional teeth whitening using the award-winning, dentist-acclaimed Opalescence™ teeth whitening formula, created by dentists and available only through dentists. Faithfully serving patients in the Federal Way and lower Seattle areas, First Smile Family Dental oversees effective and safe teeth whitening regimens so you can share your smile with confidence. 

Trade in the ineffective, daily attempts at tooth whitening for powerful treatments administered safely by a professional: call (253) 785-7323 today to book a consultation, or connect with us through our Contact page!

Posted on behalf of First Smile Family Dental

32717 1st Ave S., Suite 9
Federal Way, WA 98003

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