whitening Santa AnaChoosing to whiten your teeth is a great investment in your appearance. White teeth are normally associated with good oral health and a bright smiles is usually considered more attractive than a dull, stained one. Teeth whitening has become increasingly popular in the last two decades and the oral care section of grocery and drug stores is littered with products that promise to make your smile dramatically whiter. Although these products are commonplace, they leave many people with questions. Do store bought products actually work? Is professional whitening from my dentist better? How long will my results last? Following are answers to common questions about whitening your teeth.

Do over-the-counter products work?

Store-bought whitening products work to eliminate surface stains only. Using mild peroxide and abrasives, a whitening toothpaste or kit bought at a retail store will remove some surface stains. Unfortunately, some products’ abrasive agents can cause tooth sensitivity and even damage tooth enamel over time. Additionally, these products lack the concentrated ingredients used by our dentist to remove deep, permanent stains.

Are professional whitening treatments better for my oral health?

Yes, this is primarily because you will be under the care of our trained team. Professional whitening products contain prescription level ingredients that do not cause permanent damage to the structures of teeth. An added benefit to professional whitening is the fact that patients can enjoy much more significant results. Professional whitening can lighten a smile about eight shades whiter.

How long will the results last?

The results of your whitening treatment are not permanent. This is because teeth are constantly exposed to foods and beverages that can cause stains. There are things a patient can do, however, to prevent new stains. Beverages to limit or avoid include coffee, tea, soda, and wine. If you do drink these items, be sure to rinse your mouth with water afterwards. By practicing good oral hygiene and protecting your teeth from stains, your results could last a year or more.

To schedule a cosmetic dentistry consultation, contact the office of Dr. Amy M. Durisin at 714-543-1170 today.