To help improve the overall appearance of your smile, you may be considering teeth whitening. It's important to note that not all whitening methods give the same results. Here's more on differences between at-home and professional teeth whitening treatments.
If your teeth aren't looking their best, teeth whitening can be an effective way to help improve the overall look of your smile.
However, not all teeth whitening methods produce the same results.
Store Bought Whitening Kits
You can find a variety of teeth whitening kits available in stores. These store bought whitening kits contain stronger bleaching ingredients than whitening toothpaste, and do whiten teeth somewhat but they aren't as effective as the whitening products available from your dentist.
Store bought whitening kits are a 'one size fits all' option. These kits just can't offer whitening trays fitted perfectly to your unique smile.
Also, store-bought products do not come with the added safety of having your dentist monitor your results, as well as any side effects that you might experience.
Professional Teeth Whitening
With professional teeth whitening, your dentist uses whitening gels with stronger bleaching agents than those found in store bought whitening treatments. Your dentist can professionally whiten your teeth at the dental office, or they may provide you with a whitening kit and detailed instructions to follow at home.
Whitening your teeth under the professional guidance of your dentist can be a safer than using store bought products. Our dental professionals are trained to spot and treat any side effects experienced by patients during the whitening process.
Begin professional whitening treatment with an initial consultation with your dentist. Your dentist will discuss whitening options with you and help you to decide which treatment is most appropriate for your smile. Your dentist can also supply you with custom-made trays to perfectly fit your teeth. Whitening trays hold the bleaching gel in place.
Typically, professional teeth whitening produces the best results since the bleaching gels supplied by your dentist are stronger than store bought kits.
Possible Side Effects of Teeth Whitening
Consult with your dentist before using teeth whitening products! The long-term use, (or over-use), of whitening or bleaching products may cause tooth sensitivity, tooth abrasion, or other side effects.