Is Professional Teeth Whitening Worth It?

Teeth whitening patient in Boulder Even if you have a good oral hygiene routine, your smile may not be as bright as you would like. That’s because everything from the natural aging process to the food and drink that you consume can cause your teeth to look yellow or discolored.

If you’re interested in teeth whitening, you may have some questions. What makes an in-office treatment worth the higher price than over-the-counter products? Will professional whitening work for my needs? The answers below can help you decide if this cosmetic service is right for you.

Advantages of Professional Whitening

Professional whitening is fast and effective. It’s also performed by a trained dental professional who can ensure the best possible experience. Compared to over-the-counter whitening products such as toothpaste, mouthwash, strips, and gels, in-office whitening with the Zoom! System offers clear advantages.

With professional whitening, you can enjoy:

  • Results: Chairside bleaching can whiten your smile by up to eight shades. Stronger whitening agents are used in-office than what’s available over the counter. Results are also instant, meaning you will leave your visit with noticeably brighter teeth.
  • Convenience: In-office whitening is completed during one quick appointment. It takes approximately 45 minutes to brighten your smile. Compare this to weeks of at-home treatments that offer gradual improvement.
  • Comfort: Professional whitening uses the safest and most effective bleaching agents. Treatment strength can be customized to further reduce sensitivity. Your gums will also be protected during the process so that you experience little to no irritation.
  • Safety: Multiple clinical trials have found Zoom! to be safe and effective. Meanwhile, not all over-the-counter products are approved by the American Dental Association.

Alternative Dental Services

Whitening doesn’t improve all types of discoloration. Teeth with a brownish tint may not respond as well to the treatment, and teeth with a gray tone may not whiten at all. Whitening will not work on discoloration caused by medications or injury, and it will not work on dental restorations. 

Patients who aren’t good candidates for whitening may benefit from alternative cosmetic dentistry treatments. Porcelain veneers are one great option to brighten and whiten the appearance of teeth.

Schedule a Free Consultation in Boulder

Contact Adler Advanced Dentistry at 303-449-1119 for more information about teeth whitening. Our Boulder office serves Denver, Fort Collins, and nearby Colorado areas.


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