Everybody wants a brighter, more beautiful smile, but what’s the best way to achieve that smile? If you are looking at all the advertising you see, you might be tempted to think that nothing is better than the whiteners you can buy at the store.

But the truth is that there are several reasons why that store-bought whitener isn’t as good as the whitener that a dentist can provide. If you get teeth whitening at our office, you’ll enjoy many benefits.

Will teeth whitening work for you?

Find out If Whitening Will Work for You

Teeth whitening typically works through chemicals that break down staining molecules trapped in your teeth. This is the cause of most discolored teeth, but not all. Your teeth might be stained, but they might also be discolored for other reasons. Tooth decay can cause brown or black spots on your teeth. Trauma to the tooth can cause the tooth to discolor from within. Enamel defects caused by early tooth trauma or developmental problems also won’t respond to teeth whitening.

But when you go to a dentist’s office, you’ll find out whether your teeth will respond to whitening before you start. No wasting time and money waiting for results that will never happen. Instead, you can get a procedure that will work, such as porcelain veneers.

Avoid Tooth Damage

Most whiteners are safe for your teeth. But not all. Some teeth whiteners, especially whitening toothpastes, can damage your teeth. Abrasive whiteners that are designed to scrape stains away can be particularly bad for your teeth. Not only that, but they’ll likely make your teeth more discolored. That’s because they’ll remove the white enamel from your teeth, exposing the yellowish dentin underneath. And even some safe whiteners can cause injury or damage if not properly used.

But if you get whitening done by your dentist or under a dentist’s supervision, you know that you’re not putting your teeth at risk. Your teeth will be both beautiful and healthy.

Control Sensitivity

Teeth whitening can cause sensitivity. That’s because they open up the tubes in your teeth, which allows heat and cold to penetrate into the tooth.

But if you’re experiencing sensitivity, your dentist can help. They can recommend specially formulated teeth whitening compounds that can protect against sensitivity.

Get More Even Results

Applying teeth whitening from the store can be tricky, and if you’re not careful, you can end up with uneven results. This is often in the form of teeth that may be white in some places, but remain dark in others, such as in the areas between teeth or at the gum line.

But at the dentist’s office, you will get the whitener evenly applied to your teeth, either painted on directly or with custom-fitted whitening trays that apply the whitener evenly to all your teeth.

Get Faster Results

Teeth whitening typically takes weeks to make a difference. But if you’re looking for teeth whitening that takes effect right away, we offer Zoom! Whitening. This can dramatically whiten your teeth in just over an hour. Those are results that you can’t get from the grocery store.

Get Brighter Results

Teeth whitening sold over the counter is relatively weak. It’s a weak formulation to help you avoid damaging your gums or causing yourself another type of injury. But dentists can supply you with stronger whitening compounds.

The result is that your teeth will get whiter. We can even remove stains from tetracycline antibiotics, which the whiteners you get at the store typically can’t affect.

Enjoy the Benefits of Professional Teeth Whitening

If you’re considering teeth whitening using an over-the-counter solution, maybe you should save your time and money. If you really want results, you should get teeth whitening done by a professional.

If you’re looking for teeth whitening in the St. Louis area, please call please call (314) 678-7876 (Downtown St. Louis) or (314) 678-7876 (Clayton) today for an appointment with cosmetic dentist Dr. Chris Hill at City Smiles.