Wednesday, March 9, 2016

How should I whiten my teeth?

            There are all kinds of products available that can whiten your teeth effectively. There are also a large number of materials that claim to whiten and brighten your teeth. So what is the most effective way and how important is it to whiten? We will try to answer some of those concerns or questions.

Why would it be important to whiten my teeth?
            There is no clinical benefit to whitening your teeth. It will not make your teeth stronger or more resistant to cavities. However, when bleaching is done properly it doesn’t hurt your teeth either. But can whiter teeth boost your confidence and make you more prone to smile? The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry found that ninety six percent of Americans believe having whiter teeth makes a person more attractive. The same study found that an unattractive smile can hurt someone’s career prospects. So the hope is a confident and beautiful smile will help to improve your quality of life.

Do it yourself whitening vs. professional whitening:
            There is definitely perception of white teeth being more attractive and a belief that white teeth are healthy teeth. Because of that, do-it-yourself whitening products were 1.5 billion dollars in sales. While I believe there is a time and a place for different over the counter whitening products, I think it is important to weigh the cost/benefit of these against the professional options.
            You could literally spend hundreds of dollars each year on OTC whitening products and still not achieve the desired results. At that point, it would have been beneficial to spend a little more on the professional whitening to get the results you want and spend less in the long term. However, some people (especially younger patients) can reach their goals with OTC whitening strips. The best bet is to consult your dentist to see what could work best for you.

If you have more information about whitening your teeth or other dental related questions, you can learn more at

Lee T. Brown, DDS

Brown and Kupper, DDS Inc. 

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