Have you felt unsatisfied with your teeth not being the shade of white that you desire? It may have been caused by years of smoking or a habit of drinking a daily glass of red wine that you can't seem to break. If so, you'll likely be looking into various methods that will help you have whiter teeth. Many people debate between home whitening methods that use trays and gels and professional laser whitening services performed by a dentist. Here are some reasons to leave your teeth whitening to a professional.
One way that laser whitening cannot be beaten is the speed. Many patients can have laser whitening performed in a single session, allowing them to leave the office with teeth that they are satisfied with. This can be great for when you want teeth that look good for a specific event and don't want to take the chance on using other methods.
Home whitening methods can take several weeks to use, and results are not even guaranteed by the end. It is possible you reach the end of your treatment and are not satisfied with the home method that you selected.
Reduced Side Effects
Many people experience increased tooth sensitivity as a result of using any teeth whitening procedure. It's normal for the sensitivity to go back to how it was after a few weeks, but until that happens, your teeth will feel uncomfortable.
Laser whitening happens in a single day, which means that you can start the recovery process right away. Since home treatments take so long to have done, it can result in sensitivity throughout the process and then additional time after it is done with. With home solutions taking several weeks, this may result in a long time with sensitivity problems.
Smaller Time Commitment
If you plan on doing your own whitening at home, be prepared for quite a time commitment. You'll need to apply the whitening gel to your teeth for multiple sessions over several weeks, which means you have to be proactive about doing it. If you get lazy and skip whitening sessions, it will reduce the overall effect of the procedure.
Professional whitening involves a single trip to the dentist for noticeable results. Overall, you'll spend less time whitening your teeth, even if you need to take time off of work to make an appointment with the dentist.
Reach out to a family dentist for more information on laser whitening.