The power of your smile shouldn’t be underestimated. It’s responsible for making a positive or negative first impression when people see you, either in person or in pictures. In fact, even when you are not smiling, your teeth can still convey a certain message about you. As you speak to those around you, the appearance of your teeth can send a subconscious message to others. To make a positive impression, you’ll want your smile to convey youth, vitality, warmth, and good health. Many studies have shown that whiter teeth are more likely to create a more positive impact.
For help in this department, you may be wondering if you should consult a Henderson NV dentist or just purchase a teeth whitening kit from the drugstore.
Teeth whitening has been a well-received cosmetic option for several decades, and commercially available tooth whitening systems have become especially popular, due to their relatively low prices and the perception that they are easy to use.
Over-the-counter teeth whitening products are generally safe when they are used properly, but it is still important that you consult your dentist about your decision in order to confirm that the particular product is safe for you.
Most often, even with the availability of over-the-counter tooth whitening products, you are safest when you choose a whitening method that can be supervised by a dentist. Professional whitening (including custom take-home tray systems) continues to be the safest and most reliable method for producing a whiter smile. Here’s why:
- Accuracy. Over-the-counter tooth whitening trays that do not fit the mouth properly can allow the whitening solution to leak out. This contributes to gum irritation and reduces the necessary contact between the enamel and the whitening agent. Professionally-designed trays and in-office whitening systems can prevent this common side-effect.
- Comfort. Most professionally-administered products are formulated to reduce or prevent sensitive teeth.
Teeth whitening is an economical and easy way to enhance your smile. Just be sure to consult a Henderson NV dentist for advice before attempting to bleach your teeth on your own.