In-Office Teeth Whitening vs. Over-the-Counter Products


In-Office Teeth Whitening vs. Over-the-Counter Products

Teeth Whitening

Why Teeth Whitening?

No smile should be hidden when talking, and no one should refuse to laugh just to conceal a dull or discolored grin. The cosmetic procedure, teeth whitening, is too easy a solution to pass up. You are worth the happiness and confidence boost that comes with a more brilliant set of pearly whites.

The Benefits of In-Office Teeth Whitening

Bleaching is actually a rather low-cost and efficient way to whiten teeth. First, the whitening agent is applied to the teeth. Then, a special light tool activates the whitener. That’s basically it! An in-office bleaching generally only takes between 30 and 90 minutes to complete, which makes it a great lunch-break treatment. Two or three visits may be necessary to reach your desired whiteness.

Overall, in-office bleaching is one of the most effective and efficient ways to properly whiten your smile. The bleach used by dentists is often much stronger than some over-the-counter brands and products. If the bleach is stronger, it may lead to a quicker, yet safe, journey to a whiter smile.

Don’t forget to ask us about sedation dentistry, especially if you are receiving teeth whitening in conjunction with other treatments.

Whitening Teeth At Home, Worth It?

There are multiple over the counter products for at home teeth whitening, but with each product comes the pros and cons.

People with decayed or badly rotting teeth (especially those with gum disease) may be rather sensitive to certain bleaching products. During an in-office bleach session, your dentist can check your teeth and test the bleach to see if any irritation occurs.

While at home, you may not know or realize that you have any cracks or exposed nerves until the bleach is set and the pain starts.

Please make sure to read, and closely follow, the directions for any product that you buy and especially for those that you plan to use orally. Commonly used whitening strips and generic bleaching trays should not be left on for hours and hours or even used multiple times a day.

If left on too long, discoloration may occur, as well as increased tooth sensitivity. There are multiple shades of white to consider, so be mindful when trying to decide the proper amount of bleach necessary to whiten your teeth.

DIY Teeth Whitening, Worth It?

Interested in a more “au naturel” experience? Some people enjoy pulling specific kitchen ingredients and medicine cabinet finds together in order to pull off whiter teeth. Mixtures of baking soda and lemon juice or even creating a strawberry paste for teeth are a few of the more common at-home recipes circulating YouTube. However, if you want a more noticeable, safe, and lasting approach, stick to the in-office treatments.

If you do decide to tackle teeth whitening while in the comfort of your own home, it is best to consult your dentist before hand. They will be able to point you towards the safest products and hopefully those that do actually whiten even if just for a short period of time. At the end of the day, a box of Crest White Strips may not be able to strip away the years of coffee stains on your teeth. It might be time to consider professional teeth whitening. Give us a call today, or easily schedule a reservation online.