Professional Tooth Whitening for a Beautiful New You

Tooth whitening still remains at the top of the list when it comes to popular cosmetic dental procedures, however, as Dr. Mike Morris from Chittenden Dental explains, there is a difference between professional tooth whitening and those over the counter tooth whitening products.


Over the Counter Tooth Whitening

Although strips, gels, pastes, rinses, and trays are readily available from your local pharmacy, they are not as strong as professional products. Hydrogen peroxide is the main ingredient in both types of whitening, having a higher percentage in professional whitening products.

Another thing to consider is safety. Because strips and other over the counter products are not as strong, people have a tendency to overdo it. Doing so could result in chalky or transparent looking teeth. Permanent enamel damage and sensitivity can also occur from too much tooth whitening.

Professional Tooth Whitening for the Best Results

According to your dentist in Burlington, professional tooth whitening is safer because the procedure is closely monitored. Dr. Morris safely whitens teeth using custom made bleaching trays that actually fit your teeth. Tooth whitening trays are never a one size fits all solution. Ill-fitting trays can cause gum damage as the whitening solution could seep under the tray.

While you may never see results with over the counter products, you will have whiter teeth when you have them professionally whitened, up to 10 shades lighter.

What The Procedure Won’t Do

While professional tooth whitening is better than over the counter products, it will not do anything for teeth that have been previously restored. If you have old porcelain veneers, tooth colored fillings or cosmetic dental crowns that are old and discolored; you may have to have them redone.

If you would like more information regarding professional tooth whitening, call and schedule an appointment with Chittenden Dental today.


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