In the 1990′s the only option available to consumers for teeth whitening was a custom-made bleaching tray that could only be made by a dentist. Now there are many choices if one wants to brighten-up their teeth – some types are done exclusively in dental offices, others can be bought over the counter or online. In addition, kits for in-home use can be purchased from a dentist.

If you’re considering getting your teeth whitening, it’s important to look at the various options so you can choose the one that suits you best. To help you decide, take a look at the pro’s and cons of at home teeth whitening:

The Pros of at Home Teeth Whitening

  1. You can do your whitening at your convenience, any time of the day and for as long a period as you like.
  2. You can wear the whitening strips at work or wherever you go.
  3. Teeth whitening strips can cost you anywhere from $5 to $100. At home products that are dispersed by dentists run about $400. These products typically are much cheaper than visiting a dentist to have your teeth whitened.
  4. There’s a whole array of teeth-whitening choices you can purchase, so you can choose the one that suits your lifestyle the best.

The Cons of at Home Teeth Whitening

  1. In order to achieve long- term teeth whitening, you need to use the peroxide products repeatedly for a minimum of 6 months, sometimes up to one year. The reason for this is that in home products have lower concentration bleach than in-office products.
  2. Improper usage can result in many side effects including; damaged tooth enamel, blue haze on the teeth, white spots, damaged gums, over-sensitive teeth, and chalky teeth.
  3. The repeated applications required can become tedious and skipped applications can lead to less than desirable results.
  4. Food or drink shouldn’t be consumed for about four hours after whitening. This can be a challenge since at home teeth whitening kits must be used daily for weeks.

Having your teeth whitened at your dentist’s office also has it’s advantages and disadvantages. Take a look at our list below to help you make this important decision:

Professional Teeth Whitening Pro’s

  1. Results are fast, safe and pain-free. In dental offices, the staff uses a fairly high concentrated bleach agent so results are immediate. Thick peroxide gels are used that don’t soak into the teeth. If patients have sensitive, teeth, desensitizers are used.
  2. Teeth whitening is one of the most common dental procedures offered today. Because of this, the quality standards for in-office teeth whitening are much higher than less common procedures. Put simply, you can expect a near perfect job if you choose a quality dentist.
  3. Needed preliminary dental work can be done right before the bleaching is done. These procedures include a good teeth cleaning and removal of plaque. In addition, the dentist can check for any problem that may need to be addressed.

Professional Teeth Whitening Con’s

  1. Professional teeth whitening costs more than an at home teeth whitening kit.
  2. For some people booking an appointment with a dentist can be difficult due to scheduling constraints.

Even though the cost of in office teeth whitening is costly, it is the safest and most effective method. Dentists are teeth specialists. They have the experience and knowledge necessary to ensure each procedure is handled in the most effective and efficient manner.

A dentist is able to tell if there are problems with a patient’s teeth that might need special care before the whitening process begins. They will also be able to tell you when you have a condition that makes teeth whitening a poor choice or a waste of money. Quite often, dentists will recommend using in home whitening in addition to the service given in the dental office. Continuing to apply the bleaching agent at home helps teeth stay white and bright longer.

If you’re looking to have your teeth whitened we highly recommend you contact local dentists in your area and see the options offered. Dentist offices often run specials where you can receive teeth whitening for a fraction of the regular price.

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