Why patients in Philadelphia choose professional-grade teeth whitening instead of over-the-counter solutions
Patients in Philadelphia have often turned to their local drugstore to enhance their smile with over-the-counter whitening solutions. There are so many options readily available for those who want to rejuvenate their smile in the comfort of their own home. From whitening toothpastes to strips, trays and gel pens, the list of possibilities is endless. However, many patients who have attempted these drugstore options have often found that they provide little—if any—results and may not be worth the money. This is when patients begin to speak to their dentist about professional-grade teeth whitening solutions.
Dr. David Spilkia and the team of David Spilkia Family and Cosmetic Dentistry work closely with patients to help them decide if professional-grade teeth whitening options are right for them. During the initial consultation appointment, Dr. David Spilkia will check to see if patients have existing restorations which may inhibit them from having the procedure done. Patients who are serious about improving their smile may want to consider replacing restorations such as bridges, crowns, and veneers if they intend to enhance the smile long-term. This is because restorations are not affected by whitening products and may look dull and discolored in comparison after treatment has been completed.
Once patients have been deemed appropriate candidates for professional-grade teeth whitening, they then speak with a professional to find out which option is best. At David Spilkia Family and Cosmetic Dentistry, we offer both take-home whitening trays as well as our in-office KoR deep bleaching. Both are effective though the take-home whitening trays alone can take more time to achieve results than with our power bleaching methods. Patients will also find there is a cost difference between the two, so patients on a budget may prefer our take-home kits.
Take-home kits include custom whitening trays made from impressions of the smile, while our in-office power bleaching is done in the dental chair. Some patients prefer to combine the two, having an initial bleaching session done in the dental office and then using take-home trays to continue whitening and maintain the results over time. Patient can discuss the possibilities with Dr. David Spilkia.