Almost all effective teeth whitening products use compounds called “peroxides”. Peroxides contain special, volatile oxygen molecules. These molecules react violently to the stains that attach to the enamel of your teeth. In turn, this “breaks” the bond that holds the stain in place, bleaching it away for a whiter smile.
Teeth whitening can be used to treat all kinds of exterior tooth stains. Teeth can become yellowed due to the aging process and natural wear and tear, or from drinking coffee, tea, and wine, or using tobacco products.
If you’re interested in teeth whitening, but don’t want to deal with the process of scheduling multiple in-office appointments, Dr. Packard of Precision Dental can help! We offer advanced, custom take-home teeth whitening treatments in Bowling Green. Dr. Packard will create a custom set of whitening trays just for you, and you can wear them in the comfort of your own home.
This allows you to gradually whiten your teeth over several weeks without coming in for multiple appointments. And, because your results take time to appear, the effect is more subtle. This means nobody will be asking you if you got your teeth whitened! Contact us today to schedule your Bowling Green teeth whitening appointment.
Professional teeth whitening products are completely safe when administered by a dentist, such as Dr. Packard. At Precision Dental, Dr. Packard specializes in cosmetic dentistry in Bowling Green. Professional treatment ensures that there is no risk of issues like over-whitening or gum sensitivity.
Things are a little bit different when it comes to over-the-counter (OTC) whitening. ADA-approved whitening toothpaste and mouthwash are safe to use. There are even some teeth whitening kits, like Crest Whitestrips, that are approved by the ADA and can be used safely at home.
However, there are some dangerous teeth whitening products out there, particularly on the internet. Many of the “home whitening kits” sold on Amazon and similar websites are not ADA-approved. Many have dangerously high levels of peroxide (whitener) and using these kits can result in over-whitening, damage to your gums, and other side effects.
You may have seen ads and articles about charcoal-based whitening toothpaste claiming that it’s a “miracle whitener.” However, it does not whiten your teeth at all.
Charcoal toothpaste is a harsh abrasive and if you use it regularly, it will wear down your enamel. This may remove some surface stains, but it also irreversibly damages your teeth by removing thin layers of enamel. Professional whitening from Precision Dental is always the best option for your safety.
At Precision Dental, we believe that take-home professional whitening kits provide the best results. That’s why we exclusively use custom, professional-grade take-home whitening kits to treat our patients.
Take-home whitening uses trays that are custom-fitted to your teeth, providing great results. It’s also usually more affordable than in-office whitening and it allows you to treat yourself in the comfort of your own home instead of spending hours in the dentist’s chair.
Yes. Tooth sensitivity is a common side effect during the teeth whitening process, and it may persist for a few days or a few weeks after your treatment is complete. This is completely normal and nothing to be concerned about. The whitening compounds used to treat your teeth simply make them a bit more sensitive to heat and cold, and this increased sensitivity will subside.
If your teeth are feeling very sensitive during or after your take-home teeth whitening treatment, we recommend using an anti-sensitivity toothpaste, such as Sensodyne. This will help provide relief from sensitivity when you enjoy your favorite foods and drinks.