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Should you whiten your teeth at home?

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Of course we all strive to get the whitest, most radiant smile possible.

And a quick trip down the dental health aisle at the store may have you wondering if you can get that gleaming white look at home. Many toothpastes, whitening kits, mouthwashes, and even floss claim to give users a whiter smile.

But are these products safe?

Many products use the word “whitening” on the package, but they may not deliver the results you’re expecting because not all whitening products are created equal.

dentist columbiaOver-the-counter whitening products work in one of two ways. Some contain peroxide that bleaches teeth and removes stains. Others may contain a polishing or chemical ingredient that helps to remove only those stains on the surface. But the concentration of ingredients often varies widely between products, and it’s often not easy to tell which ones will work best for you.

If you only have minor staining, you may notice a difference when you use a whitening product as directed for several weeks or months. But if your teeth are discolored below the surface and you want to whiten more than just a couple of shades, these products most likely will not help you.

dentist columbiaIf you want to try an at-home whitening product, talk with us first. Many of these products can cause sensitivity that can be painful and in some cases long-lasting. And you may also experience gum and tissue irritation.

Because people often want to whiten quickly and see a dramatic difference, they may try to use the product longer or more frequently – but this significantly raises your risk of unpleasant side effects. And no matter which one you choose, the results will not be as dramatic as what you can get from our professional whitening treatments.

Instead of spending time and money on products that may or may not work for you, consider one of our advanced whitening treatments.

dentist columbiaNot only do they work on deep stains previously thought to be permanent, but the results are dramatic – even up to 16 shades whiter. And, the astonishing whitening power works with little to no sensitivity or pain. You can keep your white smile looking amazing with the at-home maintenance kit you’ll receive after your treatment.

If you want a whiter smile, you deserve a treatment that will do the job right the first time. Call our office today to schedule a consultation and let’s discuss which whitening treatment is right for you!