Wouldn’t it be nice if you could enjoy the good things in life (AKA: coffee and wine) without them having a damaging effect on your teeth? Yeah, so do we. Unfortunately, these treats are known for staining your teeth – sometimes quite badly as a result, people often resort to teeth whitening methods.
If you haven’t guessed already, teeth whitening is the process of removing any stains and discoloration. Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ll know that there are a variety of methods to whiten your teeth – gels, whitening strips, toothpaste and even professionally. But what’s the best option? Luckily for you, we’ve put together the benefits of the main whitening treatments so that you can make an informed decision!
D.I.Y Teeth Whitening VS Buying From A Dentist
Okay, so, imagine you’re going for a big night out sometime this week, but you’re currently looking in the mirror and your teeth just aren’t up to their highest standard. An at-home kit is probably your go-to solution and these could be gel kits or whitening strips.
These two methods will provide you with the whitening you need when you need it and they are many people’s first choice for a lot of reasons. Firstly, they are a quicker alternative than going to a professional to get your teeth whitened. Whitening strips are pre-coated with a whitening gel which you simply have to apply to your teeth and leave on for roughly 30 minutes. The gel kits are also a lot quicker, but they do require you to prepare the gel which you have to apply yourself to the teeth and leave on for up to three hours.
These methods are also a lot cheaper. The average cost of these kits can range from £30 to £70 depending on different brands and quality, of course. You can buy them in any cosmetics store or dentist, but it is recommended to look at any reviews, if possible. Although, they are definitely not something you should be purchasing often. Using these kits too much will resort to teeth sensitivity which no one wants.
At-home treatments do the job. They are often able to fix the surface stains but won’t help if you have any discoloration due to tooth trauma or decay.
Fortunately, like many treatments, you can also get your teeth whitening kit at the dentist. More importantly, people can have underlying oral health issues without realising and using at-home kits may irritate your teeth. We recommend buying your kit from a dentist as they can give you proper advice and guidance on how to use the kit and you know that the kit is recommended by a professional.
Buying the kit from a qualified dentist will mean that a professional can oversee and ensure that nothing goes wrong in terms of aggravating your teeth and gums – especially if you have sensitive teeth. While at-home kits bought from the internet are generally safe, little things like leaving them on for too long or using them too often can increase your sensitivity. Your dentist will also be able to identify if your teeth and gums are healthy enough to have this procedure. After all, pearly white teeth mean nothing if it all goes wrong.
While at-home kits bought from the internet may be easier, it’s actually quite complicated to get even results. Some discoloration may be due to tooth injuries in which case the kits may not be able to whiten them. A professional will be able to determine how well your teeth will bleach in order to get the best results.
The main reason why many people choose at-home kits as opposed to going to the dentist is due to the extra costs that are involved. Obviously, it will be more expensive to visit a professional than it would be simply buying one from Tesco, but it’s definitely worth it. Your oral health is incredibly important and messing with your teeth (when you’re not an expert in teeth) can cause some serious damage. By going through a dentist, you’re guaranteed to get a safer treatment. They can do an evaluation of your teeth to determine whether whitening is your best option. Always remember…stained teeth are better than no teeth.