There was a time when a less-than-white smile was no big thing. In fact, an off-white smile used to be normal. Things are different today.
It’s a shame, but people tend to judge on first appearances. One of the first things they’ll notice about you is your smile. And if your smile is less than white, that first impression may be less than positive. Whether it’s in your social life or your professional life, you can’t afford to make a less than great first impression.
Over the Counter Whitening Programs
Everybody today has white teeth or wants them, and the companies that produce whitening products have noticed. There are an extraordinary amount of over the counter whitening agents and programs right now and it’s hard to know which one to choose. Some of them are safe and reasonably effective. However, many of them can be hard on your teeth when you use them regularly. For instance, many whitening toothpastes remove surface stains by using mild abrasives. Depending on the particular brand, those abrasives can wear your enamel when used in the long term.
Tooth sensitivity and gum irritation are two other side effects associated with over the counter whitening strips and gels. The effects are usually temporary and fade when you stop using the product. However, it’s never a good idea to irritate your gums. They help to support you teeth and keep bacteria away from the vulnerable areas of your teeth below the gum line.
Few, if any, over the counter whitening systems are effective at removing anything but surface stains. That means there are limits to what they can accomplish to beautify your smile.
Regardless of the over-the-counter whitening system you choose, it’s unlikely that you’ll get the results you can realize from professional teeth whitening.
Why Professional Whitening is Best
There are far safer and more effective ways to whiten your teeth and achieve a smile that will dazzle. Professional products receive extensive quality and safety testing and achieve superior results in brightening your smile.
At K.C. Sykora Family & Implant Dentistry, we offer two ways to safely help you get the smile of your dreams.
Our custom take-home whitening kit is a very popular option. It’s also the most effective and the fastest option. We’ll take impressions of your teeth to create whitening trays that fit and function perfectly, just for you.
The kit includes Opalescence whitening gel that delivers superior results. And thanks to your custom trays, you can be sure that you’re getting the maximum benefits from the gel.
By wearing the trays and gel just a short, prescribed amount of time each day, you can achieve excellent results in just a few weeks. When you reach the shade of white that you want, you can maintain it simply by one or two nights a month to keep your teeth looking their best. You’ll receive thorough instructions on how to use your custom whitening kit for the very best results.
If you’d like to “test the waters” before committing to our take-home program, Ultradent take-home whitening strips are for you. This is an economical way to see the results that professional whitening can bring, but at a lower cost.
Ultradent whitening strips cover more of the surface of your teeth than many of the over-the-counter whitening strips. With their professional whitening power, you’ll be impressed by the results. In fact, many of our patients are so impressed that they move up to the take-home kit so that they can easily increase their whitening and maintain the results.
When you’re considering teeth whitening, it’s often best to begin with a professional cleaning and examination. Your dental hygienist will ensure that all traces of plaque and tartar are removed, leaving your teeth as clean as possible. Dr. Sykora will detect any potential issues that you might want to have addressed before beginning your whitening program. You can also receive professional advice about how to take the very best care of your teeth at home. And, you can discuss the whitening option that will best fit your needs.
All of us at K.C. Sykora Family & Implant Dentistry are committed to helping you have your healthiest mouth and your most winning smile. Today, that winning smile is more important than ever in your social and professional life.
To arrange an appointment for a cleaning and examination, call our West Chester, Pennsylvania dental office at 610-314-7534 for an appointment. We’ll be happy to arrange a day and time that works best for you. Or, send us a message using our online form. A member of our team will get back with you as soon as possible.