Cosmetic dentistry services include teeth whitening, veneers, implants, smile restoration, and bridges. When performing cosmetic procedures, your dentist strives to improve the appearance of your teeth. Some cosmetic procedures aim to restore both the appearance and functionality of the person’s teeth. Procedures, such as whitening, have become popular enough to see the introduction of do-it-yourself kits sold in retail and online stores. These kits take more time to produce the desired effect and are not the equivalent of a professional treatment. For more information check out this article on cosmetic treatments.
Benefits of Teeth Whitening
Teeth whitening can help remove surface stains and discoloration. Kits and whitening toothpaste purchased over the counter can be cost-effective, but professional treatments performed by a dentist can produce faster results. Dentists will use extended whitening treatments to remove stains produced by antibiotics (e.g., tetracycline), the natural aging process, too much fluoride, and traumatic damage. Whitening treatments result in a cleaner, healthier appearance and boost self-confidence.
Types of Whitening Treatments
You can choose between three treatment options. Your dentist can complete the whitening treatment in his or her office. You can purchase an at-home whitening kit in a store without a prescription, or you can obtain a professional at-home kit from your dentist. If you choose to have, your dentist whiten your teeth in the office, expect one or more twenty-minute to one hour sessions. Kits purchased in stores are not as strong as professional treatments, vary in cost, and can take months to produce noticeable results. Professional at-home kits are stronger, more expensive, and require the oversight of your dentist.
Not all insurance plans cover cosmetic dentistry services, especially the more minor treatments such as whitening. Your dentist can help you determine which type of whitening treatment is most likely to produce the results you want. Some like to try the at-home kits they can purchase in a store to experiment with potential results or to use for special occasions. Although more serious cases will need professional grade treatments, the higher concentrations of peroxide can be convenient for those who do not want to wait the time it takes for store kits to work.