By Dr. Richard Rowan
April 01, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures

When it comes to the look of your smile, one of the most important factors is the color of your teeth. If your teeth are discolored, yellow or stained, you probably won’t be as confident smiling. Dr. Richard Rowan often fields questions from his Merced-area patients about how to get a whiter smile. If you’ve been considering over-the-counter (OTC) teeth whitening solutions for getting a brighter smile, learn why in-office whitening is a much better idea.

Over the Counter Solutions
There is a billion-dollar market for OTC teeth whitening products because of the high demand that patients have for a whiter smile. Unfortunately, these products often don’t provide the desired results. Gennaro Cataldo of the Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine confirmed that “many of them are ineffective” in a 2012 BU Today article. Some do work, but they often take many weeks to notice a difference.

What Makes In-Office Whitening Superior?
Without a doubt, the best option for whitening your teeth is an in-office appointment with your Merced dentist. The procedure is quick (can be completed in as little as 45 minutes to an hour) and provides immediate results. Additionally, since you’re having your teeth whitened by a professional, you can rest assured that your teeth and gums will be properly protected. Some patients have sensitivities that can cause irritation if they use OTC products incorrectly.

How Often Should You Whiten Your Teeth?
After you see your beautiful, whitened smile, you’ll probably be wondering how long you should wait before going in for another whitening appointment. Your whiter teeth can last up to two years. If you brush your teeth regularly and visit your dentist every six months (or more frequently) for cleanings, you might prolong the time between whitening appointments.

In-Office Teeth Whitening Is Your Best Bet
If you’re not pleased with the current color of your teeth, call (209) 384-3223 to schedule an initial consultation with Dr. Richard Rowan at his Merced office. He is a board-certified orthodontist and cosmetic dentist who is committed to providing his patients with effective, state-of-the-art treatment techniques.


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Merced, CA Orthodontic Office

544 W 26th StreetMerced, CA 95340
(209) 384-3223

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