DIY Teeth Whitening Versus In Office Teeth Whitening Cosmetic dentistry

Are you ashamed of your deeply stained teeth? Has this become a great source of insecurity? If yes, you’re not alone. Millions of people all over the world also feel the same way about their teeth. The good news is you can overcome this insecurity if you visit and have your teeth professionally whitened. Now before you say no and hoard boxes of DIY teeth whitening kits in supermarkets do understand that attempting to whiten your teeth yourself comes with risks and this practice is highly discouraged by dental health professionals because of its dangers.

While at may be tempting to purchase affordable over-the-counter DIY teeth whitening kits (we can’t blame you because the ads posted online were indeed so convincing), this may not be your best option. The safest and most effective way to achieve a bright and brilliant smile is getting an in-office teeth whitening.

Check out the common hazards of DIY teeth whitening products:

Whitening Strips – whitening strips are convenient and cheap, which makes them appealing to consumers. As a matter of fact, there were actually quite a number of them that vouch for the efficacy of these strips. The only problem is that when you overuse these strips they can destroy your teeth and cause painful tooth sensitivity. Also, since these strips won’t be able to cover all areas of your teeth, uneven color is expected.

Whitening Toothpaste – whitening toothpaste is one of the most popular teeth whitening solutions since time immemorial. These toothpastes contain special ingredients that are responsible for brightening your smile. Unfortunately, regular use of whitening toothpaste will take a toll on your enamel by wearing it down. Sure, this toothpaste can whiten your teeth but it also puts you at risk of developing cavities.

Why should you choose an in-office teeth whitening treatment?

First of all, with an in-office teeth whitening treatment you are guaranteed results. Basically, you are investing in a treatment that you know is going to work. This is definitely not the case for DIY teeth whitening products. With state-of-the-art tools and equipment, your cosmetic dentist is able to help you achieve a brighter smile up to 10 shades lighter even with a single appointment.

DIY teeth whitening kits contain very low doses of whitening components so you may not be able to achieve the whiteness you want with a single application. Reapplying these whitening agents may also be harmful to your teeth. The best thing about entrusting your teeth to a cosmetic dentist is that he or she knows the exact dosage to use that will whiten your teeth according to your specifications using techniques that will not harm your teeth in any way.

Yes, we’re not going to lie to you, you can purchase whitening gels at pharmacies but the problem is unless you’re a cosmetic dentist, you won’t be able to know what dose is enough to whiten your teeth. Meanwhile, if you have your teeth professionally whitened, your cosmetic dentist will customize the dosage to suit your needs and ensure that your enamel is safe.

The results will blow you away. If you’re the impatient one who wants to see results fast then your best bet is to book an in-office teeth whitening treatment with your trusted cosmetic dentist. With DIY teeth whitening kits you’ll have to wait for weeks to be able to see results.


Don’t risk your health and your safety. If you want to have peace of mind knowing that your enamel and soft tissues are intact, you should call your cosmetic dentist for an appointment instead of purchasing over-the-counter whitening kits.

Dr Gerald Regni, DMD, has been practicing dentistry for over 30 years. He does general and cosmetic dentistry, but has a special interest and focus in biological and holistic dentistry. He can be contacted at: Dr. Gerald Regni, DMD 937 Christian St Philadelphia, PA 19147 (215) 351-9399

The Importance of Teeth Cleaning

You follow your dentist’s advice. You follow their blog posts daily. You brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes. You follow the right brushing technique. In fact, you wanted to be so sure that you asked your dentist to demonstrate it to you during one of your dental appointments. You invest in a new toothbrush every three months to ensure that it’s working, as it should.

Not only do you religiously brush your teeth but you also floss them every day to remove food particles that are stuck in between your teeth. Most people who consider themselves religious brushers and flossers are confident that they don’t need professional teeth cleaning. Well, that’s where they are wrong. Everyone including even the most diligent brusher is required to see their dentist to have their teeth professionally cleaned.

Question, when was the last time you had your teeth cleaned at the clinic? Contrary to popular belief, teeth cleaning isn’t just for people who wish to have a beautiful and attractive smile, it’s for everyone because the condition of your teeth is closely related to your general health. Without proper oral hygiene you become susceptible to a number of disease conditions including cancer, stroke, cardiovascular disease and bone loss among others. While it’s true that brushing and flossing will keep your mouth clean, unfortunately, they aren’t enough to keep plaque from building up. Before you shake your head in disbelief, hear us out. Even if you buy the most expensive toothbrush and the most effective toothpaste, there are still certain areas in your mouth that your toothbrush can’t reach. These are the areas that are prone to plaque and tartar buildup. Mere brushing and flossing won’t be able to remove stubborn plaque and tartar. The only person who can remove it is your dentist because they have specialized tools and instruments that will allow them to remove plaque.

If you still aren’t convinced, here are several reasons why it is VITAL that you have your teeth professionally cleaned at least once every six months.

Your dentist is able to rid your mouth of harmful plaque and tartar before it irritates your gums and cause you to suffer form gum disease.

Your dentist is able to remove even the toughest stains that are causing your teeth to look yellow. After a professional teeth cleaning you will notice that your teeth will be significantly whiter. Often times, if the discoloration doesn’t go away your dentist will recommend a teeth-whitening treatment. It’s a cosmetic dental procedure that can be done in-clinic. After several sessions, you’ll be able to achieve a Hollywood bright smile.

Your dentist will thoroughly clean your teeth to prevent the occurrence of gum disease and possible tooth loss.

Teeth cleaning are important because it allows your dentist to check your mouth for signs of oral cancer. Are you aware that hundreds of people die of oral cancer every day? Dentists are trained to identify signs and symptoms of oral cancer. The earlier the diagnosis the higher the chances of survival.

Regular professional teeth cleaning dramatically reduce your risk of developing cancer, gum disease and cardiovascular disease.

Chipped, broken and missing teeth can be addressed during dental checkups. Your dentist will not only clean your teeth but he or she will help restore your teeth’s functionality by recommending certain dental procedures to address your dental issue.

So you see, professional teeth cleaning can do more than just give you a clean mouth; its purpose is to give you a bright, beautiful and healthy smile. We encourage you to see your dentist at least twice a year and continue with your dental care at home for maximum dental protection.

Dr. Michaelangelo Aust is the founder of Modern Family Dentists in Kenosha, WI, a full service dental practice offering general, cosmetic, and restorative dentistry.

Dental Basics

Your teeth should last you a lifetime and they will if you do a few basic procedures on a daily basis. Of course, it is always best to discuss these procedures with your family dentist. He will be able to explain all of the details to help you maintain your teeth in a good condition for as long as you live.

Some of the basic things that you should do on a daily basis include brushing your teeth two or three times a day, avoiding all sugary type foods and drinks, and using dental floss on a regular basis throughout the day.