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Most Americans would admit at some point or another they’ve wanted a brighter and whiter smile. According to a recent survey by Mintel/Greenfield Online, 67% of American adults have sought to whiten their teeth in one form or another.
If you have tried over-the-counter drugstore whitening solutions and have not received the results you wanted, it may be time to switch to professional teeth whitening. The treatments offered by Dr. Stephen Eriksen of Walnut Creek Laser Dentistry in Walnut Creek, California, will eliminate the stains that build up on your teeth over time and help you regain confidence in your smile.
Professional teeth whitening is safe and effective. It is also better controlled, easier to use, and produces better results.
That’s because professional teeth whitening products contain more effective ingredients for whitening your teeth than over-the-counter options. An essential component that professional teeth whitening products include is hydrogen peroxide. As this ingredient breaks down into water and oxygen, it effectively removes stains from the surface of teeth.
On the other hand, drugstore whiteners typically contain carbamide peroxide, which is usually safer to use at home where you do not have professional supervision and application. Carbamide peroxide is like hydrogen peroxide, only with stabilizing agents, so it does not have the same potency as hydrogen peroxide.
In addition to the difference in the chemical makeup, over-the-counter products are less effective at whitening your teeth, especially quickly, because of the equipment that comes with these products.
Professional whitening, for example, relies on trays that are molded and customized to fit your mouth. Over-the-counter trays are generic and may not offer the complete and consistent coverage that professional options include.
Finally, because our team monitors your professional whitening process, the results tend to be more consistent and natural.
If you are interested in professional teeth whitening, our team offers several solutions, including:
In-office dental teeth whitening: At Walnut Creek Laser Dentistry, we use the Zoom 3 whitening system. This system offers same-day results that last. This system is excellent for patients with sensitive teeth, which is not always the case for over-the-counter products.
Take-home whitening: Take-home whitening kits offer a more affordable option than in-office solutions. These take-home kits gradually whiten your teeth using customized trays made from impressions of your smile for optimum fit and function. Patients obtain the whitening gel from our team and use it along with your trays to brighten their teeth each day.
Call (925) 944-1707 today to request a consultation visit with Dr. Stephen Eriksen of Walnut Creek Laser Dentistry. Our team is here to assist patients with a wide range of general, restorative, and cosmetic dentistry needs to help them reach their smile goals. If you are in Walnut Creek, CA, and want to enjoy comprehensive dental care under one roof, call our practice or visit us at 2021 Ygnacio Valley Road, Suite A2, to book an appointment.