First, for the most part, it is safe. Most any product you can get from a pharmacy is ok to use. We strongly discourage people from buying products from unknown companies on the internet or eBay though. There is very little monitoring of these products and many of the companies making them are fly by night. Beware of individuals selling name brand gels and creams too. Especially if it is something you can only get from a dentist. These products typically have a short shelf life and need to be handled and transported carefully or they are rendered useless. Most important is the fact that some chemicals can cause irreversible damage to your teeth and gums.
The best way to get your teeth whitened is at your dentist’s office. The dentist can make sure that you are a good candidate and that you aren’t just throwing your money away. Not everyone is a candidate for a good or great result. In some cases teeth just won’t get any whiter.
In our office we have many different options for whitening your teeth as well as maintaining the result. Teeth whitening is like getting a tan or coloring your hair. It is not a onetime thing that lasts forever. You may get spectacular results with professional or over the counter teeth whitening products, but it is important to consider how you will keep that color over long periods of time. This is especially important if you are having any dental work done like dental crowns, porcelain veneers, composite resin veneers. Crowns and veneers will not react the same to teeth whitening chemicals as your natural teeth will, and of course you want everything to match well. At the Ballantyne Center for Dentistry we can help you develop a strategy specifically designed for you that will fit into your budget and lifestyle, allowing you to keep your new gleaming smile as white and bright tomorrow and in the years to come, as it is today.
We have completed over 6000 of these procedures in our office and get predictable results. Because of the sheer numbers of people whose teeth we have whitened, an international teeth whitening company has asked us to help them develop better and better methods and products. This partnership has provided us with a unique advantage when it comes to teeth whitening.
These pictures and video demonstrate a very popular method we use in order to get your teeth whiter and brighter using a time tested product but with a new method, that only a very few dentists know about. The procedure takes less than 30 minutes, DOES NOT burn or cause damage and sensitivity to the gums and teeth, and is incredibly affordable and maintainable over long periods of time. See the difference yourself! You will notice that the shade tab being held up to the teeth matches the color before the teeth were whitened. It is being held up again in the second photograph taken immediately after the procedure was completed.