Recent weeks have seen a spike in online searches for information about at-home teeth whitening solutions.
As social distancing continues here in Vancouver and patients remain unable to visit their local dentist for routine or cosmetic dental procedures, the demand for home-based solutions to stained and discolored teeth continues to grow.
Are At-Home Teeth Whitening Solutions Effective?
We’ve written before about the merits of home-based teeth whitening solutions versus professional teeth whitening at your local dentist, but in times like these and with so many of our patients now being forced to explore at-home whitening options, we thought it may be beneficial to revisit this topic once again.
In our last article, we talked about how most home-based whitening solutions usually only treat the surface of the problem.
The main disadvantage to home whitening strips and gels is that they can’t get the same level of cleaning and effectiveness that your regular dentist will be able to achieve.
This is partly due to the technology being used, but also simply because staining usually occurs in the areas of the teeth where it’s difficult to reach yourself. In fact, that’s probably how those areas of your teeth got stained in the first place, if you were unable to reach them properly while brushing and flossing your teeth.
The simple fact that those areas are so hard to reach also means that they are difficult for your whitening strips and gels to reach too and can leave you with less optimal results than a professional clean and whitening.
In times like these, however, when you’re looking at slightly stained or discolored teeth in the mirror, you’re most likely thinking that some results are better than no results at all.
So… what should you do?
Choose Your Solution Carefully
These days, and with such a surge in recent popularity, there are no end of options for home-based teeth whitening solutions.
Do your research before choosing which solution is right for you.
Make sure you take the time to read the reviews, and always make sure you read through the directions and instructions carefully.
The majority of at home teeth whitening solutions are perfectly safe to use, but in order to get the best results out of your chosen solution, following the precise instructions from the manufacturer is vital.
When It’s Safe To Do So Again, Visit Your Dentist
Once it is safe and regular dental services are resumed, make an appointment to visit us here at Pier Dental Centre to discuss a more permanent and thorough teeth whitening solution.
Our modern dental technology includes a laser teeth whitener that has helped countless patients throughout North Vancouver to achieve a whiter, brighter smile with no fuss and no pain.
Keep an eye on our website and our social media channels for updates on our current opening times as the COVID-19 situation evolves, and don’t hesitate to get in touch with us if you have any questions.