Have you noticed a yellow or brown tinge to your teeth? Do you avoid taking pictures or smiling in front of others because you’re embarrassed by discoloration? Rest assured, you’re not alone! Despite what you may see on the red carpet or social media, everyone’s teeth are susceptible to stain and color change. The problem becomes how to whiten your teeth.
There are several over-the-counter (OTC) whitening products promising to make your teeth shades whiter with continued use. But are they the same as professional teeth whitening? Today, we’ll take a look at why teeth become discolored and discuss whether OTC products are really worth the investment.
Why Do Teeth Turn Yellow?
Your teeth go through a lot during your lifetime. They’re exposed to external substances that can cause stains, such as coffee, tea, and smoke. But your teeth can also turn yellow or shades of brown due to medications you’re taking, your specific genetic profile, and age. As enamel wears down, the dentin underneath begins to show through, which makes your teeth look brown.
What Can I Expect from OTC Teeth Whitening Products?
OTC teeth whitening products are accessible and affordable, but do they work? Between whitening strips, toothpaste, mouthwash, and pens, it’s tempting to assume, “I’ll have a glistening white smile without visiting a dentist!” Well — not so fast. While some products do offer temporary results, most OTC whitening products are not regulated and may even cause more harm than good.
A few reasons to avoid OTC tooth whitening products include:
Weak chemical composition
Tooth whitening products available at your local drug store sometimes contain the same chemicals used at your dentist’s office but in a much weaker concentration.
Whitening strips are probably the most effective OTC product, but the benefits don’t last for long — and can be potentially harmful to your enamel.
A lack of specific treatment for your tooth shape
As you may be well aware, not all teeth are created equal. Some are slightly crooked, and others are naturally curved. Unless you’re using a whitening pen, it’s nearly impossible to get an OTC tooth whitening product that will cover all surfaces of your teeth.
With professional teeth whitening, a mold of your teeth is created before determining the most effective treatment for your specific tooth discoloration concerns. Not only is this more effective initially, but you also benefit from minimal visits to the dentist and a long-lasting, snow-white smile.
Professional Teeth Whitening Offers the Best Results
Because we’re able to customize your teeth whitening regimen to your specific needs, our teeth whitening services provide fast, lasting results. For more information about all of our professional teeth whitening solutions, including at-home kits, reach out to Dental Beauty today!