At-Home vs. Dentist-Supervised Teeth Whitening and Bleaching

Teeth Whitening and Bleaching: Is it really better to have a Dentist whiten my teeth, or can I just do it at home?

When it comes to teeth whitening and bleaching, we know you have options. But which works best, and what’s a better value?

At-Home Teeth Whitening and Bleaching

Whitening toothpastes are designed to remove surface stains from teeth and contain mild abrasives to gradually whiten teeth. They do not contain bleach and typically contain either hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide to lighten teeth by about one shade. Whitening strips and trays are typically coated with a bleaching agent that is peroxide based and must consistently be applied to the teeth to achieve the desired teeth whitening effect. Results are usually visible within a few days when at-home whitening products are used.

Professional Whitening and Bleaching

Since whitening treatments performed by a dentist contain bleaching agents in a much greater percentage, noticeable results can be seen after only one treatment. With an in-office whitening treatment, the bleaching agent is applied directly to your teeth and is activated by either a heat source, light or a laser. Most treatments take less than an hour to complete and several treatments may be needed to produce dramatic results.

The fact that the entire bleaching process is supervised by a professional is the primary benefit of an in-office treatment. This increases the safety of the procedure and significantly reduces the risk of unpleasant side effects, such as burned or bleached gums and increased tooth sensitivity. A further benefit can be found when considering the mouthpiece trays that are used in professional treatments. Unlike at-home whitening, a dentist is able to design a tray that is custom fit for the unique shape of your mouth and teeth.

Whichever you choose, teeth whitening and bleaching can help you achieve a brilliant smile! Call us today to get the whiter smile you desire!