The Truth About Teeth Whitening Products › Dental Assistant and Dental Assistant with Expanded Functions
December 1, 2010
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While going to the dentist for the suggested twice-a-year cleanings has long been a widely-dreaded routine, it seems that’s no longer the case. These days, more and more people are flocking to their dentist office more often. The reason: purely cosmetic.
That’s right, people are going to the dentist more often, not for cavity prevention or general oral hygiene, but for things like teeth whitening, dental veneers, inlays and onlays (instead of silver fillings) and even smile makeovers.
Not surprisingly, many of these elective, cosmetic procedures are not covered by dental insurances and can be quite costly. Because of this, there’s been a steady rise in popularity of at-home teeth whitening products. You see them everywhere: white stripes, gels, kits, trays, pastes, foams, etc… . They all claim to work as well as professional whitening treatments done by a dentist and dental assistant (link to dental assistant page) for a fraction of the cost. But you know what they say: you get what you pay for.
Many recent studies of these at-home teeth whitening products have proved what we’ve long suspected, and perhaps what common sense would tell you: no, of course they don’t work as well. In fact, it’s been reported that more than 50 percent of them don’t even work as they are advertised.
And while some at-home products may whiten your teeth slightly, the results are not as noticeable or dramatic as many people expect. The best way to get an effective, professional whitening done is to do so by skilled dental workers. Dental insurance won’t cover your procedure? Consider saving up: instead of spending $30-$50 every other month on ineffective products, put that toward your whitening treatments. Many dentist offices will work with you on a payment plan.
Interested in helping brightening someone’s smile by training to become a dental assistant or dental assistant with expanded functions? You can be the one to help teach people the difference between these at-home teeth whitening products and the real deal. Check out Sanford-Brown’s dental areas of study and enroll today: http://www.sanfordbrown.edu/Areas-Of-Study/Dental
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