By Tom Albright
TODAY THERE ARE VARIOUS WAYS TO HAVE PERFECTLY BRILLIANT AND BEAUTIFUL TEETH, BUT AS WITH MOST THINGS, THE QUALITY AND EFFECTIVENESS ARE ONLY AS GOOD AS THE PROVIDER. HOW DO WE KNOW WHICH APPROACH IS BEST?
“While there are many products that can whiten your teeth, any option that enhances your relationship with your oral health care provider is the better one,” says New York City aesthetic dentist, author and inventor Jonathan B. Levine, DMD, founder of GLO Science. “You want your dentist to be invested in your smile and advocate for your best and healthiest self. This is achieved with an in-office treatment.”
The main difference in what is available in professional products versus retail alternatives is the strength of the whitening gel used. Normally in the dental office, a prescription strength is used under supervision of a hygienist, while at-home products have a reduced strength for several applications. In-office treatments take roughly 45 minutes, and you will leave with your teeth 4–5 shades whiter than when you walked in.
There are a number of options, including simple teeth whitening toothpaste, strips and gels available over the counter for use at home. Each offers a varying degree of success, although some leave an undesirable “patchy” appearance—uneven whitening is worse than no whitening at all. Therefore, using an advanced, professional whitening may easily be the best course of action you can take for your smile and overall appearance—if simply for the confidence it will bring. Of all the professional whitening treatments available, GLO Science seems to be the most consistent in achieving the desired shading improvement without the unpleasant side effect of sensitivity often present in other treatments. Your dentist will advise whether you are a candidate, although there are few exclusions, aside from advanced periodontal disease.
“Your smile is the presentation of yourself to the entire world,” says Levine. “It’s far more than a cosmetic investment.”
If you’re interested in professional teeth whitening and would like to give GLO Science a try, go to gloscience.com to find a dental provider and make an appointment.