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No Gray Areas: What You Need to Know About Cosmetic Teeth Whitening

Jan 28, 2019
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Did you know over 40 million people used teeth whitening products last year? They say a smile is the first thing someone notices about you, so it makes sense that people want to have white teeth.

But do all those toothpastes and strips from the store actually work or are they a waste of money?

Some of them may work, but there is a much better alternative. In this short guide, we'll tell you about cosmetic teeth whitening from your dentist that will far surpass anything you could get at a store.

Reasons People Whiten Their Teeth

There are multiple reasons people would want to whiten their teeth. Some people have problems with their teeth and are embarrassed by them, and whitening is a way to boost their confidence.

Other people have perfectly healthy teeth but still wish it was a few shades lighter. This is why Americans spend over $1 billion on whitening products each year.

What Can You Do to Get Whiter Teeth?

There are two main categories of whitening methods: dental procedures and DIY home treatments.

Again, people spend a ton of money on teeth whitening products each year, trying to get a whiter smile for an upcoming event. Unfortunately, many of these products don't work that well.

While they may whiten your smile to an extent, the results are not going to be nearly as good or last as long as a treatment performed by a dentist. In some cases, they can even damage your gums.

If you want the best results, then you should consider cosmetic teeth whitening from your dentist.

How Teeth Bleaching Works

Professional teeth whitening procedures, or in-office tooth whitening, usually consists of teeth bleaching.

The dentist will begin by putting a protective substance in your mouth to protect sensitive areas and gums. Then they will put a bleaching agent with peroxide all over your teeth.

The next step is to activate the agent using special lights or heat.

The whole process should only take 30 minutes to an hour, but it typically requires a few visits to get the best results. Some dentists can even perform a longer two-hour procedure that will get everything done in one sitting.

How Much Does It Cost to Have a Whiter Smile?

You can buy whitening products from the store for less than $20. But again, those will give you minimal results.

If you go to a dentist for professional whitening, you will get much better results, but you will have to pay accordingly. Depending on the procedure, prices will vary, but typically the whole whitening process will cost between $500 and $1000.

Cosmetic Teeth Whitening Is the Best Option

Now that you know about all the options for getting a better smile, it should be clear that cosmetic teeth whitening will give you the best results.

But not all dentists offer this service. At Image Dental & Orthodontics, we specialize in helping people get whiter teeth and happier smiles. Use our contact page to see how we can help you!

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