Pearly white teeth are considered beautiful, even though teeth are naturally opaque. The desire for the whitest teeth possible has led to a billion-dollar industry of teeth-whitening products. Many of these products are over-the-counter, while others are only available at a dental office.
One of the most common questions we receive at our Vision Dental Clinic ,Abu Dhabi is if our teeth whitening procedure is more effective than the products in a store. To help our patients as much as possible, we decided to answer that question as well as others here.
Are Teeth Whitening Products More Effective in a Dental Office?
The answer to this question is it depends on what you consider effective. If getting your teeth as white as possible is effective, you can achieve those results from both teeth whitening products in a dental clinic and store. However, if you’re looking for effectiveness in how long it lasts and whether it’s safe for the teeth, the answer is no. Products for whitening teeth in the store are highly abrasive, which reduces enamel on the teeth. This can lead to decay and other serious oral issues.
Is Teeth Whitening Permanent?
Teeth whitening isn’t permanent. It can last as little as 6 months to 3 years. How long the teeth remain white depends on several factors, such as whether the person smokes, drinks wine and/or coffee, and takes care of their teeth with brushing twice a day.
It doesn’t matter if your teeth are whitened at a dental office or you do it at home. Teeth whitening is temporary.
Does Teeth Whitening Cause Any Dental Problems?
Teeth whitening products contain bleach, which can damage enamel. Damaged enamel can lead to temporary sensitivity or tooth decay in severe cases.
It’s best to seek teeth whitening from a dentist versus doing it yourself. This is because a dentist knows what products and how much of it to use to mitigate damage to the enamel of the teeth. Doing it at home may end up causing a lot of pain when too much of the product is used on the teeth for too long.
How Do Dentists Whiten Teeth?
It only takes one visit to whiten teeth. A dentist will apply a protective gel to the gums or use a rubber shield. Bleach is applied directly to the teeth. The dentist may offer a tray to take home to whiten the teeth more or to touch up as the teeth start to yellow again.
Contact the Best Dental Doctor in Abu Dhabi for Teeth Whitening
If you’ve been thinking about whitening your teeth, contact Hollywood smile dentist in Abu Dhabi. Dr. Hussein Tahoun has over 29 years of dentistry experience and specializes in oral and maxillofacial surgery, cosmetic dentistry and orthodontics. Dr. Tahoun can help you achieve a beautiful, white smile.