By Carey & Aylward, DDS, PC
October 08, 2020
Category: Oral Health

DIY has become an affordable and customized way to achieve your goals, whether it's refinishing a piece of furniture or taking care of your skin. However, whitening your teeth is one improvement that's best left to the professionals. At Carey & Aylward DDS in Westland, Michigan, our dental team is well-equipped to help you optimize your smile safely and effectively. Read on to learn more about why professional whitening is your best option.

Uneven results

Using an over-the-counter product to whiten your teeth at home may seem like a great way to skip the time and money it takes to visit your Westland dentist. However, the downside to DIY whitening is that the products available at your local pharmacy don't have as much "oomph" as professional-grade products. That means it will probably take more than one kit, perhaps several, used over a longer period of time to achieve what your Westland dentist could do for you in one appointment. Typically, at-home whitening products brighten teeth by two to six shades, while professional whitening can make teeth up to 8 shades lighter after just one treatment.

A large margin for error

Although whitening your teeth looks simple, it requires precision and experience to do it effectively and safely. Whitening gels can be messy and difficult to apply evenly, which can lead to spotty results or uncomfortable chemical burns on your gums, tongue, or cheeks. Visiting a professional, however, means that precautions will be taken to protect the sensitive skin in and around your mouth while making sure that the whitening products are applied properly. Your Westland dentist will also consult with you prior to your appointment to make sure that the stains on your teeth will respond well to whitening; you may need a different cosmetic treatment to get the smile you want.

By visiting Carey & Aylward DDS in Westland, Michigan for your whitening treatment, you can be sure that your comfort and dental health comes first. Contact us at (734) 425-9130 for a consultation with Dr. Allison Carey, Dr. Brent Carey, or Dr. Dennis Aylward.