In-Office or At-Home: The Better Whitener

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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?

In our opinion, going to a dentist for dental treatment is usually the best option—and having a brighter smile is not an exception. In fact, we believe that if you choose a dentist for whitening your teeth, you’ll be safer and happier with the end result.

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.

Do you have any more questions about which type of teeth whitening is right for you? Are you curious about how teeth whitening will work for you? If so, please don’t hesitate to contact us soon. We are eager to hear from you.