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Teeth whitening: do it yourself or visit the dentist?

Posted On: 23rd March 2017

Do you hesitate before smiling because your teeth are not as bright as you’d like? If your teeth have lost their shine, teeth whitening may be the right treatment for you. But with options ranging from laser treatments to less expensive choices that you can apply at home, how do you know what is best for you?

At Londent, we understand that yellow and stained can be unattractive and seriously hinder your social life. The teeth whitening treatment you choose will depend on the natural colour of your teeth, the type of staining, your budget and your individual needs and expectations. We recommend that you have your teeth whitened professionally by an experienced dentist in London Bridge, because over-the-counter products and DIY remedies may harm your teeth and gums.

Professional teeth whitening versus home whitening

A lot of people prefer over-the-counter treatments and homemade remedies because they are less expensive than professional treatments. Over-the-counter whitening treatments come in different forms – toothpastes, strips, gels and mouth rinses are the most common.

Over-the-counter whitening products involve certain risks. Without dental supervision, you are likely to overuse them or cause damage to your teeth and gums. Plus, if your teeth are not aligned, you will have a difficult time making these products work for you. Patients with crooked teeth find that using over-the-counter trays to whiten their teeth does not produce the same results as professional teeth whitening.

On the other hand, professional teeth whitening treatments are safe and effective because they are supervised by a dentist. No matter what your dental problems are, your London Bridge dentist will have the right products for you. Teeth whitening products available at Londent contain a higher concentration of bleaching agents than over-the-counter products, for quicker and safer teeth whitening either at home or in the dental practice.

All in all, if your teeth are in good health and need mild whitening, then buying a teeth whitening product may be the way to go. However, if you have crooked teeth or need stronger whitening products, the treatments your London bridge dentist has to offer can help you achieve a more radiant smile.