In-Office vs. Take Home Teeth Whitening

In Cosmetic Dentistry December 19, 2016

If you are among the many people noticing that your grin doesn’t have the same luster it once had, your options for cosmetic enhancement are numerous and flexible. Teeth whitening is a popular, conservative approach offered by Drs. Bowen and Wang for treatment in-office or in the comfort of your own home. 

Understanding what each treatment method has to offer can be useful in developing your ideal treatment plan:

In-Office Teeth Whitening

What differentiates professional teeth whitening from over-the-counter options is the reliability offered by specialized, professional application. In-office whitening solutions work best in situations where professional expertise will achieve the best results. For instance, visiting a dentist for the application of bleaching agents inside a tooth after root canal treatment lifts discoloration caused after dental infections. 

Take-Home Teeth Whitening

Compared to in-office whitening systems, take home bleaching solutions are designed to fit patients’ schedules. Most use a custom-fit oral tray to apply professional strength whitening gel. These trays are meant to be worn for as long as necessary to allow the active ingredients in the gel time to take effect, sometimes as little as 20 minutes to overnight. This flexibility makes whitening treatment better suited for business patients.

Effective at-home whitening with dental trays include the use of fresh bleach and a tight seal in custom mouthpieces to keep whitening gel in place for the necessary time to lift stains. Using bleach of a customized strength to lift the level of staining you’re experiencing, making at-home whitening capable of lifting deep staining, including notoriously difficult-to-treat tetracycline stains.

Take-home whitening results can be aided by routine follow-ups with our dental office to prevent the accumulation of plaque and debris that can discolor teeth.

A discolored smile doesn’t have to be permanent and treatment doesn’t need to be limited to a dentist’s chair. Let Drs. Bowen and Wang go over your teeth whitening options. Call our office today to schedule your consultation!

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