We can replace missing teeth for a fully-functional and natural-looking set of teeth.When it comes to a smile, there are certain aspects that brushing and flossing can't change. While proper oral hygiene is essential for one's health, cosmetic dental care offers a variety of procedures to enhance the appearance of one's teeth.We can use cosmetic…
3 Reasons a Cosmetic Dentist Might Recommend Professional Teeth Whitening
One of the more common procedures a cosmetic dentist is likely to perform is professional teeth whitening. While many people have heard of in-office teeth whitening, not everyone appreciates the benefits or purpose for the procedure.
The purpose of professional teeth whitening
By learning more about the purpose and reasons to consider professional teeth whitening, patients can make a more informed decision as to whether treatment is right for them. The following are three of the more notable reasons a cosmetic dentist may recommend an in-office whitening procedure to a patient.
1. Treatment for discolored teeth
Perhaps the main reason patients seek professional teeth whitening is to fix discoloration of teeth. Teeth have a tendency to become slightly stained over time, regardless of efforts to prevent it. The white shade that gives a person a more attractive smile overall does not remain bright naturally, and an annual professional teeth whitening helps patients achieve a brighter smile at all times. Treating teeth that are discolored or stained and gaining a whiter shade helps many feel more confident at work, at school or in social situations.
2. Maintaining the health of teeth
Another reason for a cosmetic dentist to recommend professional teeth whitening is to further encourage patients to care for teeth properly. In many instances when someone's smile is not as attractive as it could be due to stains or discoloration, the person is less inclined to keep their teeth clean and healthy through good oral hygiene. On the other hand, a smile that is white and more attractive leads many people to feel more motivated to practice good oral hygiene through brushing several times each day, flossing and using mouthwash. While professional teeth whitening is mostly performed for cosmetic reasons, it often helps promote good oral health as well.
3. An alternative to over-the-counter kits
Many cosmetic dentists discourage excessive use of over-the-counter whitening kits, which often are risky to enamel or gums when not applied appropriately. Instead, a cosmetic dentist may recommend professional teeth whitening performed in the office to ensure the whitening process is performed safely, without causing any gum irritation or damage to the enamel. During the procedure, the dentist can ensure teeth, especially those with weakened enamel, are protected from the potentially damaging bleaching materials found in over-the-counter kits.
In some instances, cosmetic dentists may provide the patient with a professional take-home kit, rather than an in-office procedure. These professional take-home kits are often much safer and more effective than over-the-counter whitening products.
Find out more from a cosmetic dentist
If you are interested in achieving a more attractive and whiter smile through professional teeth whitening, then get in touch with us today and schedule a time to come in for a visit. Our team can further explain the whitening process and ensure the procedure is carried out safely and successfully. We can also answer any questions you have and address a variety of other cosmetic and oral health complications.
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