Summer is on its way! Are you ready for the backyard barbecues, holiday getaways, summer weddings, and tanned selfies? If you’re like most Canadians, you want to look your youngest and healthiest with a whiter, brighter new smile. But you may wonder: Is teeth whitening worth it? Before you head off to your local drugstore for some whitening strips, take a moment to consider 5 reasons why professional teeth whitening is the way to go.
Why Professional Teeth Whitening is Worth it:
1. Minimize tooth sensitivity
The most common side effect from teeth whitening is sensitivity. At-home whitening kits while safe when used exactly as instructed, can cause increased sensitivity if left on for too long, or used more than once every 6 months. Today’s professional in-office whitening methods use thicker peroxide gels than in the past (which don’t soak into the teeth as much) and desensitizers.
2. Get even results
At-home whitening may not make contact with all the teeth, resulting in uneven results. Whiteners may not correct all types of discoloration, like that due to medications or injury. Only your dentist can predict how your teeth will react to bleaching. Remember that only natural teeth respond to whitening, not caps, crowns, veneers, or fillings.
3. Protect your gums
Bleaching products contain peroxide which is safe to use on healthy teeth but can cause irritation to the soft tissues of the mouth, like along the gum line. Whitening strips or one-size-fits-all trays may lead to contact that could damage your gums.
4. Enjoy faster results
With a lower concentration of peroxide, at-home kits work but it takes more applications over a longer period of time. Effects won’t be as long lasting either. Teeth whitening always takes place after a thorough cleaning, making your whitening process more effective.
5. Avoid damage to your teeth.
Before beginning ANY teeth whitening method, your dentist can identify if your teeth and gums are healthy enough and what method is best for you. Tooth whitening products may cause damage to teeth if you have:
- Soft or eroded tooth enamel
- Already sensitive teeth
- Restorative dental work
Why Dr. Gilmore Recommends ZOOM! Professional Teeth Whitening
Philips ZOOM! is the #1 patient-requested professional teeth whitening treatment because it is safe and is proven to whiten teeth up to eight shades in just one hour.
The system uses a hydrogen peroxide gel and ZOOM! Advanced Power Chairside Lamp to accelerate the bleaching process. Generally, the hydrogen peroxide gel is applied three times at 15-minute intervals. Then a sensitivity-reducing fluoride gel is applied to the teeth.
To help maintain your whitened teeth, you are given a ZOOM! at-home touch-up kit, including custom-fitted whitening trays.
What Can You Expect?
Watch this 2-minute video from Philips ZOOM! to see the process step-by-step:
Enjoy a Brighter, Whiter Smile This Summer
Stop wasting time and money on over-the-counter whitening products! Get the best whitening results possible without the hassle of doing it yourself by visiting your Maple Ontario dentist Dr. Gillmore. She can identify the whitening product or technique that’s best for you.
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