Should I Whiten My Teeth at Home

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We all want the whitest, most radiant smile possible. And a quick trip down the dental health aisle at the store may have you wondering if you can get that gleaming white look at home. Many toothpastes, whitening kits, mouthwashes, and even floss claim to give you a whiter smile.

But are these products safe?

Different Types of ‘Whitening’

Many products say they are “whitening” on the package, but they may not deliver the results you’re expecting. This is because not all whitening products are created equally.

Over-the-counter whitening products work in one of two ways. Some of them contain peroxide that bleaches teeth and removes stains. Others may have a polishing or chemical ingredient that helps to remove surface stains only. But the concentration of ingredients may vary widely between products – and it’s often not easy to tell which ones will work best for you.

If you’re only dealing with minor staining from drinking coffee, tea, and other drinks and foods, you may notice a difference when you use a whitening product as directed for several weeks or months. But, if your teeth have discoloration that goes below the surface, you want to whiten more than just a couple of shades, or you have stains from fluorosis and tetracycline, these products most likely will not help you.

Sensitivity and Irritation Risks

If you want to try a home whitening product, talk with your dentist first. Many of them can cause sensitivity that can be painful and in some cases long-lasting. And you may also experience gum and tissue irritation.

If you decide to use an over-the-counter product, choose one that has the American Dental Association (ADA) Seal of Acceptance and use it exactly as directed. Because people often want to whiten quickly and see a dramatic difference, they may try to use the product longer or more frequently – but this is a mistake. This significantly raises your risk of unpleasant side effects.

No matter which one you choose, the results will not be as dramatic as what you can get from your dentist’s professional arsenal of whitening treatments.

A Superior Whitening Option

Instead of spending time and money on products that may or may not work for you, consider KöR Whitening, the most advanced whitening treatment available.

Not only does KöR work on deep stains previously thought to be permanent, but its results are dramatic – up to 16 shades whiter. And, its astonishing whitening power works with little to no sensitivity or pain. You can keep your white smile looking amazing with the at-home maintenance kit you’ll receive after your treatment.

If you want a whiter smile, you deserve a treatment that will do the job right the first time. Call the office of Cindy Flanagan, DDS, and find out whether KöR Whitening may be right for you!

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