4 Reasons Why Professional Teeth-Whitening is Better

Tooth-whitening is a seemingly simple procedure that many people believe can easily done at home. While at-home teeth whitening kits are effective for some people, others may find that at-home teeth-whitening products can cause considerable pain without providing the expected results. For the best results, consider these benefits of in office whitening conducted by your dentist. 

1) Your Dentist can Limit Pain and Sensitivity

Many people have sensitive teeth, meaning that even a simple professional cleaning can cause discomfort. As a result, even a non-invasive procedure like teeth whitening can be an uncomfortable experience. Even when teeth aren’t particularly sensitive, at-home whitening kits can cause pain simply because they are not customized to each user’s dentition. If the user’s mouth doesn’t perfectly fit the mouth trays that are used to apply the lightening solution, the solution can leak from the trays and cause gum irritation. 

Professionally administered whitening treatments completely bypass this problem. When your dentist provides a take-home treatment, the mouth trays are customized to fit your mouth to prevent leakage and guarantee bright results. 

2) Professional Whitening is Safer for Your Oral Health

Professional whitening is a safer alternative to at-home whitening kits. While at-home kits may be convenient, people risk damaging the soft oral tissues as well as tooth damage caused by over-bleaching.  

By opting for professional tooth-whitening, you don’t have to worry about damaging your gums and teeth with peroxide solutions, and your dentist can gauge how much whitening is required, to help prevent over-bleaching and mouth damage.

3) Your Teeth will Look More Natural

While over-the-counter tooth-whitening kits may seem easy, people often have difficulty gauging the how strong the whitening solution is. What often ends up happening is that teeth don’t lighten as expected, or they lighten too much, and look unnaturally white.

By visiting your dentist for your teeth whitening needs, your dentist can accurately judge how much whitening your teeth need to look both natural and aesthetically pleasing, and customize a treatment to produce the desired look.

4) Your Dentist has Access to Professional High-Quality Products

Dentists have access to much higher quality tooth-whitening products than those that can be purchased over the counter. In-office teeth whitening patients can have their teeth lightened up to five shades in less than an hour, with minimal discomfort and improved dental appearance. In contrast, at-home whitening kits require daily application for weeks to get a noticeable result.

For more information on teeth whitening in Fort Meyers, contact James Mitchell, DDS. It’s important to understand your options and have good oral health before starting any cosmetic procedure.


Why it’s important to brush your teeth twice a day


Skipped a brushing? We’ve all done it from time to time. Whether we have fallen asleep watching TV or walked in after midnight thinking, “Just this once I am going to bed without brushing my teeth.” Our response? Don’t do it! It’s a well-known fact that the American Dental Association (ADA) recommends brushing those pearly whites twice a day. You’ve also probably guessed that skipping a second brushing can make your breath very unpleasant in the morning.

But there is more to nighttime brushing than that. Miss a session and your mouth becomes a breeding ground for bacterial buildup in the form of plaque which can ultimately lead to cavities and gum disease.

You might notice that after a long time between brushings you feel something sticky when you run your tongue over your teeth. That, my friends, is plaque. You can prevent it by brushing away the bacteria so it doesn’t stay in one place. If it sits there too long, it becomes tartar, that rougher yellowish material that you sometimes find between your teeth. Too much tartar can cause inflammation and bleeding in the gums. Left untreated, this may result in losing teeth.

The good news is that you are in control over most of this situation. Stick to that twice-a-day routine, preferably with fluoride toothpaste and a soft-bristled brush. Spend about two minutes for each brushing session, covering all surfaces of the teeth – yes, even those way in back. We also recommend flossing at least once a day and seeing your dentist regularly for a professional cleaning.

So smile! Two minutes, twice a day goes a long way toward your oral health.

If you or a loved one is interested in learning more about excellent dental hygiene, we have a whole team who can provide expert instructions to protect your pearly whites. Don’t hesitate to call us – we welcome your questions and feedback!

All the best,

Dr. Jim