Due to certain dental conditions and environmental factors, our teeth become stained and turn yellow. People who have poor oral health and hygiene are commonly seen to have yellow and stained teeth. The protective layer of enamel on our teeth is made from minerals like calcium and phosphate. But due to malnutrition, an increased presence of acid-producing bacteria, and habits like teeth grinding or brushing in a rough manner, the enamel becomes weak and erodes. This exposes the inner layer of yellow dentin.
A lack of oral hygiene and care can lead to unsightly yellow, brown, or black stains on our teeth. People who neglect regular brushing, flossing and dental checkups, those who are chain smokers and the those who regularly consume teeth-staining foods and drinks are more prone to stained teeth than others.
Yellow and stained teeth can have a negative effect on our smiles and self-confidence. It can make us wary of social interactions because we worry that people will be repelled by the look of our teeth.
To restore the pearly white shine of your teeth, professional, in-office teeth whitening services use high-intensity light beams and hydrogen peroxide bleaching agents to clean the stains and remove the yellow hue from the surface of your teeth.
Before we continue to tell you why it is important to get professional in-office teeth whitening instead of over-the-counter teeth whitening solutions, you must understand that teeth whitening is an aesthetic procedure and hence most medical insurance plans will not provide coverage for your teeth whitening treatment.
Why Get Professional Teeth Whitening?
Now, you might think that simple brushing and flossing can make your pearly whites white again, but that’s where you’re wrong. Here’s why you need a professional teeth whitening service.
You May Need a Professional Examination
Stains and a yellow hue on your teeth could be a symptom or a result of an underlying dental condition that could get severe with time and lead to tooth loss. Hence, it is important to let a professional examine your teeth before you resort to whitening your teeth. The yellow surface of your teeth could also be the result of extreme enamel loss. In this case, you will require a mineralization treatment from a dentist instead of teeth whitening to make your teeth stronger and prevent tooth loss.
Similarly, brown stains on your teeth could be a sign of tooth decay. People who neglect regular brushing and flossing of their teeth have brown stains in between their teeth. This is a sign of plaque formation because bacteria accumulate between your teeth and slowly damage the enamel. Here, you will first require a dental cleaning procedure before any whitening can take place.
In-office, professional teeth whitening services are provided by trained technicians. They will quickly identify the problem and refer you to your dentist who can provide the correct treatment for your dental condition. Using high-intensity light beams and hydrogen peroxide bleaching agents on your already sensitive and damaged teeth could exacerbate your dental problems.
Over-the Counter Teeth Whitening Products Can be Misleading and Harmful
The problem with over- the-counter teeth whitening products is that there are far too many of them. Once you head to your local pharmacy or search for teeth whitening products online, you will notice that you will have around 50 options to choose from. Over-the-counter teeth whitening products are available in all shapes and forms but not all of them work.
Teeth whitening pens, gels, toothpaste, mouth guards, strips, and kits are sold for as low as $10 in physical and online stores. But when you have such a wide variety of options to choose from, the probability of picking the most effective, safe and reliable product is low. Many of these teeth whitening products are misleading and claim to produce the best results in a short amount of time and at a very affordable price. However, the reality is very different.
These products contain a small amount of active ingredients that are scientifically proven to remove stains and make your teeth whiter. The problem with these ingredients is that they provide short-term results but can damage your teeth in the long-term.
However, this is not the case with in-office, professional teeth whitening services. Your teeth will be brought to the whitest level that your genetics will allow. The results will be different for every person. The professionals have clinically-proven equipment and dental gels to target the stubborn stains and discoloration on your teeth. The best part about professional teeth cleaning services is that in just one sitting, you will observe a marked difference in the appearance of your teeth. They will look cleaner, whiter and shinier than before.
Having your teeth whitened by a professional in-office teeth whitening service ensures that you receive a safe, effective, and approved teeth whitening procedure that guarantees long-lasting results. It is one hundred times better than relying on over-the-counter teeth whitening products and home remedies.
Jonathan Erik, Owner, New Wave Accelerated Teeth Whitening Certified Teeth Whitening Technician