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Teeth Whitening At Home vs. The Dentist's Office

Teeth Whitening At Home vs. The Dentist's Office
Posted on 05/17/2016

Teeth Whitening At Home vs. The Dentist's Office


For a truly great smile that shines, it's important that your teeth are white and bright. However, many people cannot obtain bright, white smiles without the help of a cosmetic dentist. While there are a number of over-the-counter teeth whitening products which all claim they can do wonders, some work better than others at whitening and brightening smiles. So how do those products stack up against having your teeth whitened at a dental office? Let's take a look at both methods so you can decide for yourself which method you'd like to try.

Before we start comparing at home whitening vs whitening done by your dentist, it's important to know that all teeth whitening methods work in the same basic way. A special whitening agent is applied to the teeth to bleach stains, leaving the teeth looking whiter and brighter.

How Professional Teeth Whitening Works

When you see your dentist for professional, in-office teeth whitening, a powerful yet safe whitening gel will be applied to your teeth. The gel is then activated using a special intense light to help the hydrogen peroxide in the gel penetrate deeply into the tooth's enamel to bleach away stains and discoloration. Our practice uses the ZOOM! Professional Whitening system that can dramatically lighten teeth by several shades in just one office visit. ZOOM is fast, easy, safe and very effective at whitening smiles, making it one of the most popular professional teeth whitening methods used today.

How At-Home Whitening Works

There are different types of at-home teeth whitening products including toothpastes, mouth rinses, whitening strips and tray systems. Of all these, the tray systems are the most effective. This method of whitening your teeth at home involves you wearing dental trays with bleaching agent inside for a specific period of time. This method of whitening your teeth will not provide you with instant results after just one treatment. Instead, you will have to go through the process of wearing the trays multiple times over a specified period.

How often you must use the trays depends upon how stained or discolored your teeth are and the exact results you're trying to obtain. By following the directions carefully, you can enjoy having whiter and brighter teeth with at-home whitening trays although the final result is unlikely to be as dramatic as it would be with ZOOM.

And the Verdict Is?

Having your teeth whitened professionally by your dentist will give you better results than if you were to try an at-home teeth whitening product. This is because the whitening agents used by dentists to lighten teeth are more powerful than what is available over-the-counter. Not only will you enjoy a bright, white smile with in-office whitening but you will also be able to get that new smile faster. This is because professional teeth whitening is the quickest and most convenient way to brighten and whiten a smile.

Contact Macon Smiles

If you would like to receive a free complimentary whitening evaluation, please schedule an appointment with Macon Smiles today. Dr. Shah will provide you with an examination followed by a discussion of your potential teeth whitening options. We love watching our patients' smiles transform! We look forward to seeing you soon in our Macon GA dental office!

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