Can Whitening cause Dental Problems?

Categories: Cosmetic Dentistry

teeth whitening questionsSanta Cruz, Scotts Valley CA

Today there are so many options out there to brighten your smile: toothpaste, store-bought whitening kits, oral rinses, the list goes on and on. With so many choices, it is important to select the best and safest product to whiten your teeth in Scotts Valley. Today on the blog, your cosmetic dentists at Ebrahimian Integrative Dentistry explore whether whitening can cause dental problems, and which method of teeth whitening is right for you.

The risks of do-it-yourself whitening products

When it comes to over-the-counter options to brighten your smile, a whitening kit is going to be the most effective. However, these store-bought kits yield results that tend not to last very long. This means repeated applications of the product, which can damage the enamel of your teeth, heighten sensitivity and even elevate your risk of developing cavities. Moreover, a store-bought kit is made for all the consumers out there. That means the whitening trays may not fit properly in your mouth. Instead of the bleaching agent working on your teeth, it may ooze out of place onto the gums or even be ingested.

The value of professional teeth whitening

Your better choice to whiten teeth is to undergo a professional treatment, administered under the supervision of a knowledgeable and trained cosmetic dentist. Because of this supervision, you have less risk to the whitening treatment causing heightened sensitivity. Your dentist’s experience helps them know how long to properly place the whitening gel, but also how long the gel should be placed on your teeth and how often you should receive follow-up treatments. A professional whitening procedure produces more dramatic results that last longer, because the bleaching agents employed are more powerful than what you can find in any over-the-counter whitening product.

The benefits of whiter teeth

Did you know that teeth whitening is the most popular type of treatment in cosmetic dentistry? This is because a typical dental whitening procedure can be completed in an hour or less. The results are immediate; in fact, brightening your teeth by just a few shades can make a major difference in the appearance of your smile.

At Ebrahimian Integrative Dentistry, we offer two forms of whitening treatment:

  • The Zoom! Professional Whitening System is completed in our office. We also can provide you with take-home trays that contain the same bleaching agent. The trays come pre-filled so you know they will fit right and apply the whitening gel directly to your teeth.
  • Sinsational Smile has been rated as the best in-office method of whitening teeth for the past several years. The whitening agent is placed in pre-filled silicone trays, and then activated when exposed to an LED accelerating light. The results are not only dramatic but happen fast. The entire procedure takes approximately 20 minutes to complete and can whiten teeth by two to five shades. A whitening pen is provided for touch ups at home.

Whiten your smile in Los Gatos, Scotts Valley and Santa Cruz in California

To learn more about the teeth whitening treatments at Ebrahimian Integrative Dentistry or any of the other treatments in our program of cosmetic dentistry, schedule a consultation today. Just call (831) 438-4411 or visit us online.