Americans spent $1.4 billion last year trying to whiten their teeth.
This comes as no surprise when you hear that almost one in two (48%) of Americans are unhappy with their teeth.
And teeth matter.
77% of women think bad teeth are worse than a potential mate that is balding.
22% of Americans who dislike their smiles think if they had a better one it would lead them to a better love life.
On a working level, 78% of Americans perceive adults with ugly teeth as unsuccessful.
14% of Americans firmly and adamantly believe that their bad teeth contribute to their lack of success in the workforce.
So…hmm…if it is affecting your love life…affecting your work life, yet you continue year in and year out, sitting in your room rubbing moist stickers on your teeth?
You, my friend, need to see someone who went to school for over a decade to deal with teeth and make an appointment at a dental office.
Dental Offices: Gateway to Personalization
General Dentists are practicing doctors. Sure, they mainly work inside people’s mouths on their teeth, but just like endocrinologists and cardiologists: dentists are merely doctors who specialize.
Thus, because they are licensed physicians, they have access to medications and products that we as patients and local consumers do not. They are not some company making products for the masses.
Take for example, when you buy those whitening kits that come with the trays. Those trays are just made for one set of generic teeth. They are not customizable to whether or not you have a chip here or there, perhaps bunny teeth, perchance a spot you have a dental implant of some kind.
Plaque can also mess up your whitening procedure, so it is best to visit a dental office to ensure that this is also not an issue holding you back from your future pearly whites.
Also, because dentists are doctors, they have access to better stuff than what is on the generic market. So, typically, their whitening gel is about 63% stronger than anything you can purchase online or in the store.
At a dental office, everything is made just for you: your teeth’s idiosyncrasies, your own personal trays, and all the other products used to whiten your teeth are addressed to fit your wants and needs.
Just like they would be at any other doctor you would go and visit.
Chemical Spill Ahead: Proceed With Caution
That isn’t a figurative statement.
You know what carbamide peroxide and hydrogen peroxide are?
They are the chemicals used to bleach your hair.
They are also the chemicals used to whiten your teeth.
Ever get that burning feeling in your gums while whitening your teeth at home? Often, the strips are too big for a lot of people’s mouths, and in turn, you end up bleaching your gums as well.
This causes them to become inflamed, and can really have a cumulative effect on the patient’s gums if they are not careful.
An even scarier road to walk alone on the whitening path is if you have any cavities, broken or leaking fillings. The bleach chemicals you use to whiten your teeth can cause some pretty horrific and painful reactions.
And that isn’t even the cusp of problems.
If you have an exposed or almost exposed dental nerve, you could do some serious damage whitening your teeth at home.
The actual tooth can suffer as well. Whiten too often, and those little biters can become translucent [forever].
General dentists and their staff know what to look for before and during your procedure, so getting your teeth whitened in a dental office is a much safer space to do it than your bathroom counter.
You Get What You Pay For
Think of any service you pay for: getting your hair done, your house cleaned, your nails painted, your dry cleaning, etcetera.
Think about how it looks when you let a professional do something versus when you do it yourself.
Yes, there is no denying that whitening your teeth at home is cheaper in the short term. However, studies show that getting your teeth whitened professionally lasts longer and makes your teeth brighter, and is comparable to the amount of money spent on repetitively trying to do it yourself.
In most visits, the staff can brighten your teeth an average of five to six shades brighter.
That is like having to buy six boxes of Colgate Simply White Strips for one visit to the dental office.
Finding Out Why Your Teeth Are Not So White In The First Place
A lot of people of discoloration of their teeth because of their habits: eating sugary foods, smoking cigarettes, drinking soda and juices, etcetera.
But this is not always the case.
Some people have tooth discoloration because of:
- Your physical environment
- A disease that affects your enamel
- A disease that affects your dentin
- Certain medications (even Benedryl in some people)
- Antibiotics you were given as kids
- A physical trauma from when you were a kid
- Your genetics
- And a whole boatload of other reasons that your teeth are not that supermodel white.
However, if you just keep putting a white strip (band-aid) over the problem, you may not know that your teeth need real medical attention and that that discoloration is not just from coffee stains.
However, a visit to your dental office and your general dentist would be able to tell you that, and that would save money in the long run as well.
Leave it to the Professionals
People put a lot a pressure on what teeth look like. You put a lot of pressure on yourself about what you want your teeth to look like.
There are so many things that can go just fine with doing things by yourself at home, but there are too many things that could go wrong with doing things by yourself at home as well.
You wouldn’t do most doctoral procedures–medical or cosmetic–on your own, so why risk that beautiful smile of yours?
Have someone whiten your teeth with no stress to you.
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