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Why Is Teeth Whitening Faster at the Dentist?

Many factors like our modern diet, aging, and more can make us struggle with the color of our teeth. The Happy Tooth in Chapel Hill, NC offers a variety of teeth whitening treatments that will help reverse the effects of normal staining and discoloration. The best part is that our dentist-assisted treatment delivers beautiful results in a fast and timely manner.

The Low-Down on Tooth Stains

At school or in a business meeting, one of the first things many people notice is our teeth. Smiles help connect us to others, and having white teeth can be an important part of making a good first impression. Unfortunately, there are a number of things that can change or alter the color of your teeth, and many of these are commonly found in our everyday routines.

Many foods, from your morning cup of coffee to a relaxing glass of wine, can cause teeth to become more vulnerable to staining and can cause some discoloration because of their intense color and acidic properties. Other things, like damage to the teeth as a result of trauma, can also incite color changes that may be very difficult to fix with normal oral hygiene alone. Additionally, our teeth can also change color over time as a natural part of the aging process, although the specific changes and how impactful they are will differ from person to person.

Whitening the Teeth

Tooth whitening is a common and popular cosmetic treatment that aims at removing abnormal discoloration and staining using advanced dental technology and materials. Many people do not know how to achieve fast, safe, and effective results. Fortunately, there are several methods that the dentist can use to reverse these effects and restore your bright, white smile. We know that you may have a lot of questions about all the options that are available, so read on to see how you can get your teeth whitened at the dentist quickly and why starting out at home isn’t always the best idea.

The Problem of Teeth Whitening at Home

Limited Purchase Options

The first thing that many people try is at-home whitening products that can be found at your local pharmacy or grocery store. These products include things like toothpaste, strips, or trays, and people enjoy the idea of being able to use these without ever setting foot in the dentist’s office. Unfortunately, this idea can often lead to disappointment and mixed results.

Everyone’s Using Them

The availability of these products can sometimes make them seem like they are the best option for the average person, but in reality this is rarely the case. Since at-home whitening products are mass-produced and widely available to everyone, how effective they actually are varies a lot from person-to-person and product-to-product. Without guidance, finding out which of these options is best can be a difficult and expensive ordeal.

Furthermore, the improper use of some at-home treatments can lead to issues like tooth sensitivity and gum irritation. Worst of all, it can take a very long time to see any results, and sometimes, you may not see any satisfactory results at all.

Slow and Unreliable

In many situations, whitening your smile is not as straightforward as it might seem at first glance. The strength of store-bought whitening solutions can be impossible to know or can even change from batch-to-batch. This can slow your progress and make it seem like no matter what you do, your teeth are seemingly resistant to improving.

Another issue that can complicate things is that some dental conditions may make it more difficult to see results. One example of these is tartar. Tartar, or the yellowish bone-colored material that can form on a tooth over time, can actually end up covering your teeth and creating a solid structure that does not allow the whitening gel or other materials to actually work on the tooth itself.

Visiting the dentist and getting help from a dental professional will remove a lot of the guesswork, and in the end, this is what makes in-office treatments much faster and more effective than just trying it out yourself.

Teeth Whitening (With a Little Help From Your Dentist)

With all this in mind, the quickest way to whiten your teeth is to go to the dentist and listen to what they recommend. Whitening at the dentist is by far the best way to remove any uncertainty from the teeth whitening experience, and it will help ensure that you get the best and fastest results possible. Here at the Happy Tooth, we offer in-office and take-home treatments that can supplement your regular dental cleaning.

Seeing Your Hygienist Is Sometimes Not Enough

Keeping your teeth bright and healthy normally requires a professional cleaning every six months on top of maintaining the good oral hygiene expected in-between visits. In some cases, more frequent cleanings are required, and this is something that your dentist can recommend based on your oral health history.

Just what is required to achieve your desired results can vary widely and even change over time as we age and live our lives. Under the expert supervision of highly trained dental staff, you will be able to see faster results than by simply trying and guessing with whitening products at home.

The Sinsational Smile

One of the many options we have available is a whitening system called The Sinsational Smile. This revolutionary system is notable for being the only green-certified whitening product in use today. This eco-friendly process allows us gently whiten teeth with a fast and easy in-office treatment and is significantly more comfortable than many other types of in-office treatments. Its application takes only twenty minutes, making this a great option for those with busy lives and packed schedules.

Take-Home Whitening Trays

Another way to whiten teeth that is offered at our dental clinic is take-home whitening trays. Using these take-home trays is a marked improvement over the somewhat similar but ultimately flawed at-home treatment discussed earlier. For starters, our dental professionals will look at your teeth and dental history to help determine which type of tray will be the most effective at meeting your unique needs and requirements. We then customize treatment for your needs.

One Size Fits All

In some cases, a one size fits all tray can be used and have it work for you. Once we determine that these trays will fit your teeth well and deliver positive results, you will be able to take one with you, along with whitening gel, to continue your treatment from the comfort of your own home.

Customized, Just for You

In other cases, a custom-made tray may be required to deliver fully effective results. These trays are created by our office according to your mouth’s exact measurements, and this exact fit makes them more comfortable to wear and directs the treatment solution onto your teeth and nothing else.

Another advantage of getting these take-home trays from the dentist is that you will be given a customized teeth whitening solution that is based on your desired shade and intended outcome. This ensures that you get the exact solution you need at the exact strength indicated by your teeth. Personalizing the strength of the whitening solution to you will give you faster results than using store-bought trays.

Fast, Safe, and Effective Whitening at Your Dentist

If you’ve ever been on the highway and heard an awful clank or have seen a light come on directing you to schedule an appointment with your mechanic, you can appreciate just how important and timely trained assistance can be. Not all of us are experts with our cars, and very few of us can claim to know much about our teeth.

Our dentists and dental staff are highly trained professionals who can guide you through the proper treatment options required to get the best results. We will help you navigate the confusing process of choosing an effective teeth whitening system and give you the best tools for the job. For more information and to find out which whitening system is best for you, contact The Happy Tooth in Chapel Hill, NC today. Our staff will be thrilled to answer any questions you may have and help get you the beautiful, white smile you deserve!

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