If you find yourself grocery shopping and picking up a tube of whitening toothpaste or strips, it is a good idea to adjust your expectations for your potential results. Because so many of our patients come to Dr. Kevin Burgdorf curious about teeth whitening in the St. Ann and Hazelwood, MO areas, we wanted to give you some valuable information about your options.
Store-Bought Teeth Whitening Strips, Toothpaste, and Gels
You can expect to see some improvement with over-the-counter products, but you might have some unexpected side effects with which to contend.
Sensitivity – Because strips and generic teeth whitening trays do not fit the form of your teeth exactly, you might experience a sore throat, irritated gums, an upset stomach, and irregular results.
Worn enamel – Most teeth whitening toothpaste contains abrasives that will polish away stains caused by smoking, coffee drinking, or red wine, but this sandpaper-like texture can damage your enamel – something you can never get back.
Disappointment – No matter how much you spend at the drugstore, you will never achieve the same bright results that you can in the dentist’s office. You might even find that your results look blotchy or uneven.
Professional Teeth Whitening Options
When recommending teeth whitening to the people of St. Ann and Hazelwood MO, we first recommend a professional teeth cleaning to remove tartar and surface stains. Beginning with clean teeth always gives you the best results.
We offer two professional teeth whitening options – in-office and take-home teeth bleaching both result in the whitest smile possible. Many patients choose to use them together to achieve a brilliant, younger-looking smile.
In-office teeth whitening works in about one hour. If you have an upcoming special event and no time to dedicate to whitening at home, our chairside whitening might be best. If you have several weeks, our take-home teeth whitening kits are practical and easy to use.
Contact us to learn more about your teeth whitening options. That way, if your teeth feel sensitive or you have questions, your trusted dentist, Dr. Kevin Burgdorf will be right here to help.