Professional Teeth Whitening vs. At-Home Teeth Whitening
Everyone’s teeth become discolored and stained over time. It’s a natural part of the aging process, and also the direct result of eating and drinking foods and drinks that are highly pigmented (coffee, tea, berries, and wine). Additionally, using tobacco of any kind can stain teeth even more drastically.
Thankfully, there are plenty of teeth whitening products that can remove stains and discoloration to refresh your appearance with a brighter, whiter, and more evenly colored smile. When it comes to choosing which is best for you, the first decision you’ll make is whether to go with at-home whitening or professional teeth whitening.
We usually recommend that our patients have their teeth professionally whitened, and here’s why.
5 Reasons Why Professional Teeth Is Better
1. More Effective
Since it’s supervised by a dentist, professional whitening can use a stronger formula to deliver better results without risking the health of your teeth and gums.
A stronger formula not only means having the ability to achieve the level of whitening that you desire, but it also means you can do it in less time. For most patients, an in-office whitening only requires a single, one-hour session.
Even if you’re using products approved by the American Dental Association, you can still risk damaging your gums, if they are exposed to the whitening agents in products. At the dentist, we protect your gums by ensuring they remain covered throughout treatments.
4. More Even Results
When whitening at home, you’ll be doing so with plaque and tartar buildup on the surface of your teeth. This buildup blocks the whitening agents from reaching your tooth enamel, resulting in an uneven appearance. A professional teeth cleaning precedes in-office whitening treatments, so you’ll get better results.
5. Long-Lasting Results
Most professional whitening treatments come with at-home maintenance kits that allow you to keep your smile bright with professional-grade products.
The Best of Both Worlds With At-Home Whitening Kits From the Dentist
At Schaffer Dental Excellence, we offer our patients in-office whitening treatments that are fast, safe, and effective, and that include at-home whitening pens for ongoing maintenance.
For patients who would prefer to whiten their teeth in the comfort of their own homes, we also offer professional-grade, take-home whitening kits that can deliver the same results over a slightly longer course of whitening treatments.
To learn more about getting the brighter, whiter smile you desire, we welcome you to contact our office to schedule a professional teeth whitening appointment.