I recently saw an advertisement for Luster Premium Teeth Whitening. It does have some good reviews, but I would like to get a professional opinion before using something over the counter. Have you ever examined this? If so, is it safe? I’ve never been happy with my smile and am looking for ways to improve it.
I am glad you wrote. I have looked into this. Lets talk about the light first. It does not have the strength to do anything. I think it is there just to make you think it is helping. The second issue is the whitening ingredient itself. This is not a true teeth whitening ingredient, such as you would find with a dentist or even some legitimate over the counter products. Instead, it uses a pigment found in one of their ingredients, Zinc Oxide. This will temporarily make the teeth look whiter without actually whitening them. My guess is this is why there are some positive reviews. They likely wrote the review before the pigment wore off.
I think this would be a waste of your money. If you are looking to improve your smile, this will not be the best way.
Improving Your Smile
If you are looking for a top of the line smile makeover, then porcelain veneers is the way to go. It is the go-to for Hollywood celebrities and can change anything you want, including the shape, size, and color. However, this is not cheap, so it will depend on your budget. One word of caution here. You don’t want to let any dentist do this. It requires an expert cosmetic dentist. Smile makeovers are not taught in dental school, so it requires a lot of post-doctoral training to develop the skill as well as artistry. If you go this route, I would look for an AACD accredited dentist to do this procedure.
If you need something less expensive and are just wanting to whiten them, it will improve your smile. In fact, it is the least expensive way to significantly to make your smile look better, while making you look years younger. Unlike the porcelain veneers procedure, pretty much any dentist can do it. It’s the most basic of cosmetic procedures.
There are two types of whitening procedures. The first is in-office whitening. Many offices who do this use Zoom Whitening. It allows you to whiten your teeth in just one appointment. Another method is at-home teeth whitening. It will use bleaching trays, such as the ones pictured above. This whitens your teeth over a period of weeks, but allows you to control the level of whitening.
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