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Professional Teeth Bleaching vs. Over the counter Bleaching


A bright smile is seen as an attractive feature. Having a white smile increases one’s self- confidence and self-image. Having dazzling white teeth is one of the primary cosmetic dentistry goals for our Pasadena, Texas patients. Teeth discoloration is a very common problem.  Teeth are harder than bone but they are also porous. Thus, any pigmented food or liquids you ingest will slightly stain your teeth. Multiply this by many years and you get dark and stained teeth. Almost all of the staining is internal and very little stain is on the outside of the tooth. Whitening toothpaste is VERY abrasive and scrubs away the external staining. Furthermore, the whitening toothpaste is too abrasive and can hurt your gum tissue and teeth. There are a several ways to achieve a white smile, including professional treatment and store bought products. Both of these methods can improve the color of your teeth. However, the advantages of a professional teeth whitening is far greater than over the counter products.

Over-the-counter Teeth Bleaching:

At the grocery store there are many brands and types of at-home whitening treatment. You can find white-strips, gel-filled trays, and paint on whitener. While these methods will work and you will notice a difference they are expensive. They are something you have to purchase over and over. Furthermore, they don’t fit as well as professional made bleaching trays and they bleaching solution is not as good as the bleaching solution from Dr. Nugent.

Professional Teeth Bleaching

To effectively brighten your smile by multiple shades, our cosmetic dentistry office recommends take home bleaching kits. By coming in for a consultation, you can learn which whitening method will be best for you and what you can expect from treatment. In a single in-office whitening session, you can achieve significantly whiter teeth with virtually no risks.

There are several reasons to choose professional bleaching procedure:

  • Improved results: Professional whitening gel uses a higher (but safe) concentration of hydrogen peroxide. This removes a greater degree of internal and external staining.
  • Superior Fit: The lab made bleaching trays are custom made to your teeth.
  • Proper application: Dr. Nugent will demonstrate exactly how to place the whitening gel in the trays. He will explain in great detail the most effective way to use your bleaching trays.
  • Less gum irritation: With a customized bleaching tray the whitening gel is less likely to come in contact with the gums and irritate them. Better fit equals better results.

Teeth Whitening Methods

Our Pasadena, Texas Dental offices provides several teeth whitening treatments. We provide a take-home whitening kit that consists of a personalized tray fitted to your mouth and filled with whitening gel…all in the comfort of your own home! Teeth whitening has become a common cosmetic therapy in the lives of many people. Whiter teeth can be found everywhere, from social media to periodicals to mall banners.

Maybe you’re on the fence about getting your teeth whitened. Teeth whitening is a safe, life-enhancing procedure that can improve your physical look as well as your psychological wellness. Here are four advantages of teeth whitening:

1. Teeth whitening improves your self-esteem.
Your self-esteem will rise after teeth whitening. A smile with bright, dazzling teeth is hard to miss, whether you’re at work, on a date, giving a presentation, or simply walking down the street! Whiter teeth also show others that you care about your appearance and take care of yourself. Those who are close to you will notice!

2. Teeth whitening improves your overall attractiveness.
You may have the healthiest teeth and the straightest smile, but you are not immune to the harm caused by regular food and drink. Over time, foods, coffee, tea, and soda discolor our teeth. You’ll notice the change immediately after the right whitening technique, without having to ‘filter’ and/or edit your images. Teeth whitening will aid in the removal of stains caused by common foods and beverages.

3. Teeth whitening reduces the appearance of wrinkles.
If you’re self-conscious about wrinkles, teeth whitening could be an excellent solution for you! People are more likely to notice your brilliant white smile than your wrinkles. This will deflect attention away from the look of nearby wrinkles, acne scars, and frown lines.

4. Teeth whitening is not expensive.
Teeth whitening is less expensive than plastic surgery! After an in-office treatment, a touch-up kit will enough to extend the effect of your teeth whitening. The combination of teeth whitening and an at-home booster is a low-cost option that yields great results.

When it comes to teeth whitening, you  get what you pay for. Learn how professional treatment can help you remove years of embarrassing discoloration. Contact our office at 713-941-8261 to set up an initial consultation.

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Dr. Michael Nugent is a General Dentist located at 3421 Burke Rd, Ste A, Pasadena, Texas 77504. Our office performs General, Cosmetic, Implant and Sedation Dentistry. Patients from Pasadena, Deer Park, La Porte, League City and Friendswood make us their dental home. Dr. Nugent has been voted “Best Pasadena Texas Dentist” multiple times. To discover how awesome a dental office can be call our office and set up your appointment.

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