Teeth Whitening: At-Home or from the Dentist?

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Are you interested in brightening your smile? If so, you aren’t alone. In fact, Americans spend more than $1.4 billion dollars a year for at-home whitening kits.To make matters even more interesting, this massive number does not include professional whitening. Before you add your money to the mix, we have a questions for you: is professional whitening with it?

Would you be surprised to learn that as a rule of thumb, professional whitening is the most effective option? In fact, professional whitening is better in virtually every way.

For example, going to a dentist to brighten your smile may actually be safer. Please don’t misunderstand, gel and strips are relatively safe, but there are a few factors to consider. Whitening from home tends to lead to over-use, which can actually damage your enamel (the outer layer of your teeth). Similarly, if you have a dental condition—especially if you don’t know about it—bleaching your teeth could cause even more damage. Your dentist will ensure that neither of these complications arise.

Another benefit of having a dentist whiten your smile is the custom tray for you. Most whitening kits will come with a tray, but they are created to fit any smile. This can lead to ineffective and uneven whitening. Conversely, a dentist will be create a custom whitening agent that will work well for your smile, taking into account your previous dental work and your goals. A dentist will also be better able to protect your gums, which could become irritated when they come in contact with over-the-counter whiteners, and your treatment will be much faster.

If you are interested in learning more, please feel free to contact us soon. We are eager to hear from you.