Our teeth are mostly white overall; however, tooth enamel can take many shades and become discolored or stained over time for a variety of reasons including foods, drinks, tobacco use, age, trauma or medications.

Whichever way, teeth whitening has become a common desire for most people, so, you are not alone.

To get proper teeth whitening done, professional consultation with a trained dentist and proper knowledge about teeth whitening is important.

How Does Teeth Whitening Work?

Teeth whitening is a quite simple procedure. Product used for teeth whitening also play an important role in determining the outcome.

Teeth whitening products contain one of two tooth bleaches: hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide. Either of these work to break stains into smaller pieces and reduce the concentration of color, thereby whitening your teeth.

Professional Teeth Whitening Versus At-Home Teeth Whitening

There are several main differences between at-home and professional teeth whitening, but the best course of action depends on the results you’re looking to achieve and your overall oral health.

  • Time Differences 

At the dentist’s office, you may spend 1-2 hours getting your teeth whitened but you are sure to leave with teeth 8 shades whiter, whereas at home you will have to spend 1-2 hours every day for a couple of days or even weeks for your teeth to become 3-6 shades whiter.

  • Cost Differences

At-home kits are generally more affordable than a dental office teeth whitening procedures. However, the main benefit of professional teeth whitening is in how fast teeth whitening occurs after a professional session compared at home solutions. With at-home kits, you may also see inconsistent results depending on your teeth and oral health.

  • Longevity Differences

Professional in-clinic teeth whitening penetrates deeper below the surface of the tooth due to the concentration of the solution used. This will make sure your teeth stays whiter for a longer time compared to at-home teeth whitening methods.

If you’re interested in having your teeth whitened in our clinic or want to start whitening your teeth at home, schedule an appointment with us to know which method is the best for you!

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