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Deciding Between At-Home and Dental Office Teeth Whitening
Wondering if you should choose an at-home teeth whitening option so you can have the whiter teeth you want? There are many over-the-counter teeth whitening options you can choose from these days, making whitening your teeth when at home easier than ever. But should you choose one of these options? Is there one that is going to meet your particular needs? Or maybe you are wondering if you should make an appointment with a dental professional to whiten your teeth? There are a few considerations you should keep in mind when wanting whiter teeth. Ready to learn what they are?
At-home teeth whitening
At-home teeth whitening options offer a wide variety of ways to whiten one’s teeth when at home, like whitening strips, whitening trays and whitening toothpastes. While these at-home options tend to be very convenient, it is important to understand that they are only able to whiten one’s teeth up to about three shades. They also will only whiten teeth for short periods of time, with most working for about a few weeks or possibly a few months. After this time, the whitening product will need to be reapplied in order for one to continue experiencing the whitening benefits.
The main ingredient used in over-the-counter whitening products tends to be hydrogen peroxide. According to Healthline, several studies suggest that using hydrogen peroxide can cause damage to the teeth, making it necessary to consult a dentist before applying any hydrogen peroxide to one’s teeth for their professional opinion.
Dental office teeth whitening
While many people are interested in using an at-home teeth whitening option because of the convenience, know that it only takes about 45 minutes to have one’s teeth whitened in a professional dental office. This makes it easy for those who are busy to have their teeth whitened in a dental office on their lunch break or right after work. Because a dentist is specifically trained in how to offer their patients the safest and most reliable teeth whitening results, in-office teeth whitening services often only need to be performed once a year.
A dentist will first evaluate their patient's mouth in order to determine which whitening method is going to ideally work for them. They may choose to use a strong bleaching ingredient for those who do not experience a lot of tooth sensitivity, or they may choose to use a milder yet still professional bleaching ingredient for those who do.
Have you made your decision?
Now that you understand more about the teeth whitening options available to you, have you made a decision that meets your particular whitening needs? While whitening your teeth at home can be very convenient, it is essential that you choose an over-the-counter whitening product that is both safe and effective. When you choose to have your teeth professionally whitened in a dental office, all you need to do is trust your dental professional, as they know what they are doing. If you have any questions or need to make an appointment, know that we have a caring team of dental professionals who are always available!
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