October is a great month for a wedding. In fact, that’s why it has become one of the most popular times of year to say, “I do.” If you will soon be headed down the aisle, professional teeth whitening can help prepare your smile, so you can dazzle on your big day. And if you’re looking for dramatic results, whether you’ll soon be a bride or just a wedding guest, professional whitening is the best way to attain a bright, white smile.
The Drawbacks to Alternative Whitening Methods
While there are over-the-counter products that can help to lighten teeth, few are able to quickly provide drastic results. The same is true of at-home remedies, involving baking soda, lemon, etc. The other potential problem to choosing over-the-counter options or homemade remedies is that overuse of them in an effort to severely lighten teeth can actually damage your teeth’s enamel. They also tend to cause sensitivity to gum tissue, since precise application of the products is often difficult.
The Benefits of Professional Treatment
Professional whitening, on the other hand, is made to provide quick, noticeable results, often lightening teeth by up to ten shades, which is far more efficient than many alternatives.
In-office treatment generally involves using a whitening agent combined with a specialized light, which can activate the gel and speed treatment. Some systems work in as little as twenty minutes, in fact!
At-home options involve customized plans meant to provide drastic results at less expense than in-office whitening. They’re still able to lighten teeth dramatically, but usually over the course of two weeks instead of the one-day treatment that a cosmetic dentist can perform in-office.
The dentist can help you achieve your ideal smile through either treatment, based on your budget and timeframe, so that when wedding day comes you and your smile will be ready!