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LAS VEGAS, NV, August 08, 2012 /24-7PressRelease/ -- There are a variety of ways to whiten your teeth. Although there are many over-the-counter products readily available, professional teeth whitening has several advantages, chiefly high-quality results reached within a short period of time. Over-the-counter products cost less, but lack the supervision and quality control of a cosmetic dentist.
In-Office Teeth Whitening Performed by a Cosmetic Dentist
The benefits of in-office teeth whitening overseen by your cosmetic dentist or a dental assistant include:
- Considerable color change within one hour
- Professional control of results
- Professional prevention of risks
All teeth whitening products have an active ingredient that whitens teeth. Most often this ingredient is hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide. The concentration of peroxide varies from product to product. Cosmetic dentists offer teeth whitening with the highest concentrations, which means significant color change can be achieved quickly.
Cosmetic dentists also supervise teeth whitening procedures, thereby preventing the risk of sensitivity and gum irritation. Your cosmetic dentist will use a rubber dam or other barrier on your lips and gums to prevent irritation. The dentist will also know exactly how long to safely leave the bleaching gel on your teeth.
Custom Take-Home Kits from Your Cosmetic Dentist
In addition to in-office treatments, many cosmetic dentists also offer take-home kits. These kits usually contain a higher concentration of peroxide than over-the-counter products, but always contain a lower concentration than in-office procedures.
These kits often achieve comparable results to whitening at your cosmetic dentist's office, but it will take more time to achieve these results. Many of these kits include trays that must be worn nightly for a month or longer.
Take-home kits take longer to produce results because the concentrations of peroxide are lower than that of in-office whitening. Higher concentrations must be applied for a short time only, while lower concentrations can safely remain on your teeth for longer.
These kits usually include a bleaching tray that will be customized to your unique teeth. The close fit of the tray means all surfaces of your teeth will be whitened evenly. The custom fit of the trays will also prevent the gel from touching your gums, where it could cause irritation.
Of course there are a number of affordable teeth whitening products at grocery stores and drugstores. Many of these products effectively whiten teeth, although perhaps less evenly than whitening performed by a cosmetic dentist. If you wish to use one of these products, you may want to ask your dentist to recommend one.
To learn more about teeth whitening and other cosmetic dentistry treatments, please visit the website of the cosmetic dentists in Las Vegas, Nevada, at Drs. Bryson & Margio Dentistry.
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