It’s nice when a reputable news outlet gives positive attention to dental services, like teeth whitening. It’s good to know that people are getting reliable information about their treatment options.

That’s why it was good to hear the recent piece National Public Radio (NPR) ran on teeth whitening. The information they gave was good, although the piece was brief.

A happy woman with a white smile, thanks to the dentists at Contemporary Dentistry in Rochester, New York

Over-the-Counter Whitening Can Work

Although the piece doesn’t do as much as it promises to remove confusion about teeth whitening products, it does report, correctly, that teeth whitening products can work to brighten your smile. And it also reminds us that the products aren’t really well regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). They don’t require approval and action would only be taken if a product proved particularly troublesome.

Instead, the closest thing to regulation is the American Dental Association (ADA), which puts it seal of acceptance on whitening products that apply for it. Approved products have been tested to be both safe and effective. This doesn’t mean that products without the seal aren’t effective or safe, it just means you don’t have any assurance.

When it comes to choosing the best over-the-counter whitener for you, look at the techniques it uses. Pick one that you think you can easily use to achieve even whitening and can avoid irritating your gums.

It’s also good that the story reminds people to visit their dentists before trying teeth whitening. And we’re happy they noted that your regular professional cleanings can also help reduce your tooth discoloration.

Professional Whitening Can Be Better

There are many reasons why it can be better to get whitening from our dentist. First of all, we can tell you whether whitening will work for you. We can tell the difference between tooth stains and enamel problems. We can treat any cavities you may have or recommend treatments like veneers when appropriate.

We can also offer you KöR Deep Bleaching. This can give better whitening results than over-the-counter treatments. Many stains that don’t respond to other whitening techniques will respond to KöR Deep Bleaching, including tetracycline antibiotic stains. KöR Deep Bleaching is also good because it can achieve more even results than over-the-counter treatments. It can help if you’ve managed to whiten only part of your teeth with your over-the-counter solution.

And KöR Deep Bleaching is designed to reduce sensitivity, so it’s also a good treatment for people who experience sensitivity after using an over-the-counter whitener.

Are You Ready for a Whiter Smile?

If you’re considering teeth whitening or gum bleaching and are looking for a cosmetic dentist in Rochester, NY, please call (585) 244-3337 today for an appointment at Contemporary Dentistry today.