Why Do I Need Teeth Whitening from a Dentist?

Any DIY project can create a huge health risk. This applies to dental projects, especially when it comes to whitening your teeth at home. This imposes more risk than when you have your teeth whitened at your dentist’s office. But why do you need teeth whitening from a dentist?

In-office teeth whitening is more effective than DIY teeth whitening. You will get what you pay for.

Your dentist will not only whiten your teeth but will also clean your teeth and mouth. This will remove plaque and tartar. You won’t get this benefit when you opt for a DIY teeth whitening procedure.

During the teeth whitening procedure, your dentist will shield your gums to protect them from the effects of the bleaching agent. This agent can be carbide or hydrogen peroxide.

After applying this agent, your dentist will reapply it. In that way, another layer of stains will be removed.

There are several options for teeth whitening from your dentist. One of them is laser bleaching. With this option, your dentist uses laser light, which helps the bleach work more effectively.

The best thing about getting laser bleaching from your dentist is that your gums are shielded. The bleaching agent is strong enough to irritate your gums if it is applied without protection. Under your dentist’s supervision, your teeth and gums are safe throughout the procedure.

During the laser teeth whitening procedure, you will need only one dental visit. The procedure takes about 20 minutes.

Thus, within an hour, you will leave your dentist’s office with whiter teeth and a brighter smile. Although it is costlier than a professional bleaching tray, it is worth it.

Bleaching Tray

This is a common teeth whitening treatment. With this procedure, an impression of your teeth is taken. This is vital to designing a custom tray that will perfectly fit your teeth. However, you must apply this tray at home for as long as two weeks. This procedure is used along with laser bleaching.

The goal here is to give you dramatic results. However, you will need to keep the trays in your teeth for a longer period of time to attain whiter teeth. It all depends on your dentist’s instructions.

The higher the amount of bleaching agent used in the solution, the shorter the time it must be applied to your teeth. Do not keep the tray in longer than what your dentist has recommended. Doing so will dehydrate your tooth, possibly leading to tooth sensitivity.

In-office teeth whitening is expensive. It is costlier than opting for a teeth whitening toothpaste or mouthwash.

However, the effects are more dramatic. While teeth whitening toothpaste can whiten your teeth, the effects are short-lived. Also, the abrasive ingredients may harm your teeth.

Before undergoing a teeth whitening procedure, talk to your dentist to determine whether you can benefit from it. Schedule an appointment with one of our dentists at Manhattan Beach Dental Center.

About James Kline DDS

My name is Dr. James Kline, and it has been my pleasure to serve the South Bay for 38 years in the same location at Manhattan Beach Dental Center. A California native, I received my pre-dental education at Pasadena Nazarene College. At the age of 21, I started Dental School at the University of Southern California where I was graduated in 1973. As a result of their excellent training, I am very comfortable performing more involved procedures like Root Canal Therapy and Oral Surgery such as Wisdom Tooth Extractions. Continuous training allows me to provide Cosmetic and Restorative Dentistry. For your convenience, I have a Dental Laboratory on the premises. This allows me to work closely with the Dental Technician to fabricate the most functional and esthetic Partials and Dentures. I am also able to accommodate emergency Denture Repairs on the spot.As your General Dentist, I care about your dental conditions as it relates to your overall health and well being. Your comfort during dental procedures is my highest concern. I work at your pace and offer free Nitrous Oxide Gas. I remain committed to giving you a healthy and attractive smile with honest and conservative treatment while developing a long term relationship.My hobbies include traveling, fishing, Texas Hold’em, Swimming, and Singing. My passion is Barbershop Quartet Singing which I started at age twelve. It has allowed me to perform in concerts around the world for 40 years. Ultimately my Quartet won the coveted International Barbershop Quartet Championship in 2004. I have two children, both married, and a beautiful baby granddaughter. I have been blessed to serve this community and look forward to doing so for many years to come. I enjoy coming to the office everyday and I’m encouraged the company of my wonderful staff and patients. I look forward to meeting you. At our office, we have a relaxed atmosphere. There’s a open reception area that allows me meet, greet and answer any questions that our clients may have. We have a great play area for kids and many of our adult patients have a great time in our waiting room. On any given day, a spontaneous “party” can happen in the front area while serious dentistry is getting performed. We take pride in getting to know our patients and making them feel comfortable, like family, and not just an anonymous face off the street. This is what sets us apart from any other practice in the area.
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