Teeth Whitening: Sometimes, You Get What You Pay For

There’s an old saying: You get what you pay for. Sometimes, you can find a great deal and spend less on something that’s just as good as whatever cost more. Outlet malls are a perfect example. But sometimes, buying something cheap gets you something made cheap. After all, there’s usually a good reason why something was cheaper in the first place.

When it comes to teeth whitening, that is definitely the case. The Zoom teeth whitening system we offer at our Kennewick, WA dental office is simply incredible. It can quickly whiten your teeth and give you a dazzling smile. However, it does cost more that the whitening products you can find in drugstores and supermarkets.

Be careful. You get what you pay for. Here are five reasons why you should skip the cheap teeth whitening kits you can buy without a prescription.

Why OTC Teeth Whitening Kits Fail

You have to be very careful and follow instructions exactly. Teeth whitening isn’t always a simple thing. If you have one of those kits with strips or gels, you have to make sure to follow the direction to the letter. All teeth whitening products contain a chemical to bleach your teeth. If you had a hard day at work, got stuck in traffic, and came home to find the kids arguing, are you going to be able to follow every instruction? And will you be able to do that over and over again until the at-home kit is done? If not, you could easily wind up with some teeth whiter than the others. Instead of making your smile beautiful, you can make it look weird.

You can hurt your gums if you are not careful. Another reason you have to be very careful when using these products is because it can irritate your gums. Most whitening products have something you put on your teeth and let sit. This is so the bleaching agent can lift some of the stains. That same agent can hurt your gums if you leave it on that long. If you have a steady hand, you might be fine. Otherwise, you risk hurting your gum tissue.

Some contain abrasives that can damage your enamel. This is especially true of a toothpaste that claims to whiten teeth. In order to get rid of the stains, they add strong abrasives. The hope is these will scrub away the stains on your teeth. However, anything strong enough to do that will also take some of the enamel with it. Instead of just whitening your teeth, you’re making them weaker.

Using it too much can make your teeth sensitive. Usually, you’ll have to use these over-the-counter kits for a few weeks. Repeated use like this can cause your teeth to be hypersensitive to temperature. Drinking a hot cup of coffee or enjoying some ice cream can actually hurt. If you don’t use the products as directed to avoid this problem, then you’re not getting your teeth white. What’s the point?

The bleaching agent is made weak on purpose. This is easily the biggest reason to skip these drugstore teeth whitening kits. The chemical agent that lifts stains is regulated. Normally, only a dentist can prescribe them. To get around that rule, companies purposefully weaken the bleaching agent. They put much less in order to sell it cheaply to you. Normally, a teeth whitening system has a bleaching agent concentration of 20%-40%. Store-bought brands have around 10%.

In order to get white teeth, you’ll have to use the product over and over again. Again, you’ll also have to do it just right. If you don’t, you might hurt your teeth or gums.

Zoom Teeth Whitening Works Much Better

At our Kennewick, WA dental office, we proudly offer Zoom teeth whitening. This system uses a professional strength bleaching agent that is not available over the counter. You can get your teeth up to eight shades lighter in just one office visit. It’s very strong, but Dr. Hadley has the training and experience necessary to use it safely and effectively. Yes, it will cost more than those store kits. But you get what you pay for. If you want poor results that can hurt your teeth and gums, stick with that box of stuff you can buy at the supermarket.

If you’re ready for fast, great results from someone trained in how to use teeth whitening safely, call us today at 509-591-0515.

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