Teeth Whitening: Do It Yourself or Visit the Dentist?
If your pearly whites have lost their luster, you may want to consider teeth whitening. But with choices ranging from laser treatments to less expensive solutions you can apply at home, how do you choose the best option for you?
Do you hesitate before flashing your big, bright smile — because it’s not as bright as you’d like? You’re not alone: According to the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, 96 percent of respondents surveyed believe an attractive smile makes a person more appealing. But if your discolored teeth are keeping you tight-lipped, you may want to consider teeth-whitening treatments.
According to Elisa Mello, DDS, a cosmetic dentist at NYC Smile Design in New York City, there are various options, bothprofessional teeth whitening and drugstore solutions, to consider. But is one option better than the other?
The teeth-whitening option you choose will depend on your budget, the severity of your teeth discoloration, and how dramatic you want your results to be. Keep in mind — teeth that are yellow will probably lighten more than teeth with a brownish or grayish tinge.
Here’s how to choose the right tooth-whitening treatment for you.