These days, there are so many teeth-whitening products it’s hard to keep track of them all. Chewing gums, mouthwashes, strips, toothpastes – it seems like it should be pretty easy to get that sparkling smile everyone wants.
Even with all of these products, though, visiting a dentist may be the best choice for?teeth whitening. Here’s why.
First, many of these “teeth-whitening” products are very skillfully (and, arguably, misleadingly) marketed. For example, next time you’re in the dental-care aisle, take a look at one of the “whitening” toothpaste packages. If the fine print mentions something like “removes surface stains,” what that means is it basically does what you’d expect a toothpaste to do — remove fresh food and beverage stains from your teeth. It probably doesn’t do the kind of whitening you’d understandably think it would.
Second, even if the product has the same whitening ingredients that dentists use, it may not be the most effective delivery method. Toothpastes and mouthwashes, for example, aren’t intended to stay on your teeth very long, so the whitening components may not get the time they need to work.
Finally — and we don’t mean to insult anyone here — but some teeth just need the attention of a professional. If you have been a smoker or a coffee drinker for years, no over-the-counter product is going to cut it. You’re free to use them, of course, but you are likely just wasting time, money and effort.
If you’re interested in gathering more information about professional teeth-whitening services, please feel free to?contact the office of Dr. Ashley Mann.?We’ve helped many people create the smile they’ve always wanted, and we’re happy to do the same for you.