The answer to this question depends largely on what type of whitening treatment you’re using. Teeth whitening treatments can be an effective way to get rid of the pesky stains that befall your teeth. They can also be a frustrating waste of time when they don’t work. The degree to which these products work will likely depend on your particular situation, but in general, not all whitening treatments are made equally. The type of at-home whitening kits you purchase from the drug store probably won’t deliver the same level of results as the kits you get through your dentist.

How Does At-Home Teeth Whitening Work?

Teeth whitening treatments work by using a bleaching agent to remove the pigment that builds up beneath the surface of your enamel. Staining is a perfectly natural occurrence. The foods you eat and drink all contain pigment in them. Those pigments can become trapped beneath your porous dental enamel. When enough pigment is trapped in this layer, you’ll notice a yellowing effect on your teeth. At-home teeth whitening applies bleaching agent for a short timeframe to remove the pigment and brighten your smile.

Professional Teeth Whitening Is Generally More Effective Than Over-the-Counter Products

You can purchase teeth whitening products, like whitening strips, from the drugstore. These products work the same way that professional whitening does, but the bleaching agent used isn’t as strong. That means you may not see the results you want from the product, or the results may not last. Your dentist can provide you with at-home whitening treatment that is strong and effective. You’ll be able to apply the whitening treatment on your own schedule, making the process convenient as well.

What Happens When Professional Whitening Doesn’t Work

Some teeth stains can be particularly resilient. While professional teeth whitening is typically very effective, not every stain can be removed with this method. There are also some stains that are intrinsic — they come from within. These stains may be the product of a particular medication, or they may be a sign that you have a medical condition occurring with your teeth. In cases where teeth whitening doesn’t work, your dentist can fit you for dental veneers. Veneers provide a straight smile and a brighter one too.

Ask About at-Home Whitening at Michael Flynn Dentistry

If you want to get rid of stubborn tooth stains, consider at-home whitening treatment through your dentist. Dr. Michael Flynn can recommend professional whitening that is convenient and effective. During a complimentary consultation, Dr. Flynn will help you create a cosmetic plan for your ideal smile. Schedule a cosmetic consultation by contacting Michael Flynn Dentistry in West Allis, WI at 414-541-8250.