Why Professional Teeth Whitening Is Superior to Over-the-Counter Products

Having white, bright teeth isn’t just about enjoying a more beautiful smile (although that’s certainly a perk). It’s also about making sure your teeth and your smile look their best in every situation, from work to hanging out with friends to that special event that’s coming up. While regular brushing and flossing and routine dental visits can help ensure your teeth stay healthy and strong, they’re often not enough to get rid of stains and discoloration that can still wind up making your smile look dingy and worn out. At Cityview Dental Arts, we use the Zoom® professional whitening system to help patients get rid of stains and yellowing so they can reveal more beautiful, healthier-looking smiles. Zoom uses the most advanced whitening technology so you can always feel confident your results will be beautiful and long-lasting.

Three Big Reasons Why Professional Whitening Is Superior to DIY Treatments

Of course, professional whitening does cost more than over-the-counter whitening products, and that means lots of people are tempted to try to go the DIY route when it comes to bleaching their teeth. That might sound like a good option at first, but the fact is that over-the-counter teeth whitening products leave a lot to be desired, and most people who’ve tried both DIY options and professional whitening treatments agree the professional route is the way to go. Here’s why.

1. Professional whitening treatments are faster — a lot faster

The kits and whitening products you buy at the store typically require multiple applications — sometimes 20 or more — before you see the final results. That’s a long time to wait for whitening. With a professional in-office Zoom whitening treatment, you can see dramatic results in just about an hour. That means you can come in for a treatment in the morning or afternoon and be all ready for that special occasion in the evening. You don’t have to worry about applying products every day for weeks on end. All it takes is a single office visit to get your teeth their whitest and brightest.

2. The results from professional whitening look better and last longer

While many over-the-counter products can help your teeth look somewhat whiter and brighter, they can’t produce the same amount of whitening as a professional in-office whitening treatment. They’re simply not designed to. Zoom in-office whitening uses professional-strength whitening agents combined with light activation to help whiteners penetrate more deeply into the tooth surface so more stains and discoloration are lifted away. Just one Zoom treatment can make your teeth eight shades whiter — that’s a dramatic difference. Deeper penetration means your results will last a lot longer, typically a year or more. Plus, the application process used during a Zoom treatment ensures the entire tooth surface is covered, including hard-to-reach areas between teeth. With at-home products, it can be difficult to achieve a consistent result across all your teeth surfaces. What’s more, the solutions aren’t formulated to reach those deeper layers. That means with an at-home treatment, your teeth aren’t going to look nearly as bright, white and healthy, and your results won’t last as long either.

3. Your dentist knows what they’re doing

Let’s face it. Even though you live with your teeth every day, that doesn’t mean you’re an expert in their care. Even though drugstore whitening products and bleaching kits may seem easy to use, without the guidance of a dental professional, you can still wind up with problems, including inconsistent or uneven results or significant tooth sensitivity. Having a professional whitening treatment means you can expect the best possible results, and you can also reduce your risk of sensitivity. Before your whitening treatment, your teeth will be evaluated for any tiny imperfections like chips or cracks that can increase your risk for sensitivity. Those issues can all be corrected ahead of time so you don’t have to worry about discomfort. Plus, since professional in-office whitening is completed in one visit, you won’t have to worry about repeated gum irritation that can occur when at-home products are used for days on end.

Get beautifully whiter teeth in just one hour

With Zoom, you don’t have to wait weeks to enjoy a more beautiful smile. All it takes is one office visit at Cityview Dental Arts. To learn more about the Zoom whitening system or to schedule your own treatment, book an appointment online today.

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