Disadvantages of Cheap Whitening Treatments
Teeth whitening has become very popular in recent years. Both over-the-counter and professional treatments exist, and both can be an effective means of getting a whiter smile.
The advantage of over-the-counter products is that they are cheaper than professional treatments. These products can be effective, but unlike professional treatments which can have a substantial effect in as little as one hour, OTC products can take weeks or months to produce the desired result. In addition, though they are not as strong as the professional products, OTC products can be harmful if not used properly. Using the product too often or leaving it on the teeth for too long can cause problems such as tooth sensitivity and gum irritation.
It is important to follow the package instructions carefully for any OTC tooth whitening product. In addition, though they are for use at home, it is a good idea to use them under the supervision of a dentist who can advise you on proper usage and monitor for problems.
Beware of businesses that claim to offer discount tooth whitening sessions. Some businesses that perform tooth whitening treatments are staffed by individuals such as beauticians or hair stylists who are performing chemical-based whitening treatments after undergoing just a few days of training. Due to these procedures being performed by unqualified individuals with insufficient training, patients undergoing these treatments often suffer injuries including bleeding gums and burned lips and gums. Professional whitening treatments are dental procedures that use powerful chemicals that can cause serious injury if not used properly, and, as such, these procedures should only be carried out by licensed and trained dental professionals like those in our office. If you are interested in a professional whitening treatment or would like information on OTC products, call us today.
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