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Not all tooth whiteners are created equally. Some of the lower quality products are unregulated or are not dentist-approved, and may not work at all or even worse, could do serious harm to your tooth enamel and gums. With all forms of oral health care, be sure to ask your dentist at Richard Healy DDS for advice or treatment. Listed below is a sample of questions to better understand tooth whitening treatments:

What are some common teeth whitening treatment opportunities?
– In-office professional treatments are considered the best quality teeth whitening treatments in existence, as they are safe, customized to your dental profile, and administered directly by licensed professionals. At-home treatments given by your dentist are also of extremely high quality and safety. Over-the-counter products are unregulated and some may not be safe for your teeth and gums. Always talk with your dentist before using store-bought treatments.

What are the advantages to whitening your teeth?
– With teeth whitening treatments, you can improve the shade color of your teeth, get rid of stains, enhance your feeling of self-worth and self-esteem, and make you more socially acceptable by potential employers, friends, and your peers.

TRUE or FALSE: Teeth whitening treatments make your teeth and gums much stronger.
– This is false. Teeth whitening treatments are used to remove stains and fix discoloration issues. Teeth whitening products should not be used to improve oral hygiene or as a substitute to brushing or flossing.

If you would like a professional tooth whitening treatment from Richard Healy DDS at our dentist office in Santa Maria, California, please contact us at 805-928-3928. Dr. Richard Healy and our amazing team will ensure you get the bright smile you desire.