If you feel that your smile is looking a little dull, you may be considering whitening your teeth. However, not all whitening methods give the same results. Here are some of the differences between professional and at-home teeth whitening treatments.
Teeth whitening can be a fast and effective way to improve the overall appearance of your smile.
That said, it's important to note that not all teeth whitening methods will give you the same results.
Store Bought Whitening Kits
There are a number of teeth whitening kits available in stores. Typical store bought whitening kits contain stronger bleaching ingredients than whitening toothpastes and they will whiten your teeth somewhat, but they aren't as effective as the whitening products available from your dental office.
These store bought whitening kits tend to be a 'one size fits all' option. They just can't offer custom made whitening trays to perfectly fit your unique smile.
Store-bought whitening products also don't include the added safety of having your dentist monitor your results, as well as any side effects that you might experience.
Professional Teeth Whitening
When you have your teeth professionally whitened, your dentist uses gels with stronger bleaching agents than those found in store bought whitening treatments. Your dentist may whiten your teeth at the dental office, or provide you with a whitening kit and detailed instructions for at-home use.
Our dental professionals are trained to spot and treat any side effects experienced by patients during the whitening process. Which is why, whitening your teeth under the professional guidance of your dentist can be a safer than using store bought products.
If you're ready to begin your journey to a brighter smile with a professional whitening treatment contact our office to book an appointment. Your dentist can help you to decide which treatment option is most appropriate for your smile and supply you with custom-made whitening trays.
Professional teeth whitening produces typically give the best results since the bleaching gels supplied by your dentist are stronger than store bought whitening products.
Possible Side Effects of Teeth Whitening
Before using any whitening products, speak to your dentist! The long-term use, (or over-use), of whitening or bleaching products may cause side effects such as tooth sensitivity, or tooth abrasion.