In Hollywood, and throughout Southern California, your smile is one of your best calling cards and first impressions. A great smile can open doors, attract attention, and give you the confidence you need to succeed in your personal and your professional life.

People may spend years working on their smiles by wearing braces, having veneers installed, having wisdom teeth removed, or crowns and bridges put in place. Not only is there value in investing in a top-notch smile, in many cases it also improves a patient’s overall dental health as well. The bottom line is that most great smiles don’t happen by accident.

All of these procedures take time and lay a great foundation for a winning smile that will last for years to come, but one of the way you can enjoy a quick and immediate improvement on your smile is through teeth whitening.

Choosing Between an At-Home Process or In-Office Process

There are many possible options for whitening your teeth. Some are more expensive than others. Some will produce better results than others.

When expense is a primary concern, many people choose over-the-counter teeth whitening systems. But without the supervision of a dentist, users run the risk of less than desirable results if they don’t use the product properly. In addition, over-the-counter products are also limited in how strong they can be, which also limits their effectiveness.

Patients who still want to use a product in the privacy of their own home can also get a prescription-based teeth whitening system from their dentist. The dentist will create a concentration of ingredients and flavors based on individual preferences to give optimum results.

However, the preferred whitening treatment of choice for many is in-office teeth whitening. Under the direct supervision of a dentist, a patient can have their teeth whitened in a single appointment in less than an hour. It is the safest and quickest method for anyone considering this type of procedure, and it does produce the best results.

For more information on teeth whitening, the American Dental Association is a great resource to learn more about the pros and cons of various teeth whitening procedures.

Dr. Neil S. McLeod is located at 9201 Sunset Blvd. and serves patients in West Hollywood, Beverly Hills, West Los Angeles, Studio City and other nearby communities.