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Home vs. Professional Teeth Whitening

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If you want whiter teeth, you’re not alone. Most people want brighter smiles, but the question is how will you go about doing it?

There are many different types of teeth whitening options, and they tend to fall into two categories: at-home whitening (which you can do yourself) and in-office professional whitening (which takes place in the dentist’s office). We go over both types so you can decide which is right for you.

Teeth Whitening at Home

There are many different types of at-home teeth whitening you can pick up from your local store, and they include whitening gel strips, whitening pens, and whitening trays. While these whitening trays work similar to professional teeth whitening trays, they won’t be perfectly fitted to your mouth the way they would be at a dentist’s office. The whitening solution is also not as strong as it would be in a dentist’s office.

There are two big benefits to whitening your teeth at home: 1) you can do it on your own schedule, and 2) it’s less expensive than professional dental whitening. If those things appeal to you, then at-home teeth whitening might be the perfect choice for you.

Professional Teeth Whitening

Professional teeth whitening also encompasses different types of procedures, but one of the most common is custom-fitted whitening trays. These are similar to at-home trays, but when you get them from a dentist’s office, your dentist can make sure they are perfectly calibrated for your needs and designed for your mouth specifically for a more comfortable fit. Your dentist will also provide you with a stronger bleaching solution than you would be able to get from the store, which makes professional teeth whitening a more effective choice.

Another professional whitening procedure is in-office whitening, which consists of applying a special bleaching compound and then use a special light to break down the stains faster. One of the biggest advantages of this option is that all it takes is one trip to the dentist to get a noticeably brighter smile.

As we can see, there are many different ways to whiten your teeth! If you have questions about teeth whitening, contact us and we’d be happy to help you find the one that best fits your lifestyle and budget.

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