How is Professional Teeth Whitening Different Than Over the Counter Options

Oct 30th, 2015
Easton Dentists Mar 1st, 2017

If you have an upcoming event with a less than shiny white smile, you may be weighing your options for teeth whitening: at home, or at the dentist’s office? With dozens of at-home whitening options available, you may be wondering how professional teeth whitening options are different than over the counter options. We’re helping you make the big call when it comes to whitening your teeth.

At Home Whitening Options

When it comes to at-home teeth whitening, there is no limit to the options. Whitening rinses, gel strips, various toothpastes, and whitening trays are all common items that can be found at the local drug store. While all of these products will improve the appearance of your teeth, there are also several drawbacks to consider. For example, many whitening products that come in strip or tray form will only whiten 4-6 teeth in the front of the mouth and require up to 20 days of usage.

Furthermore, many find their teeth are too sensitive to use whitening gel or strips and experience intense pain following the application. Since at-home whitening solutions aren’t custom made for your teeth, you may end up irritating your gums and enamel, causing pain and discomfort.

Professional Teeth Whitening

Even with at-home treatments available, many people would prefer to leave it to the professionals. Pros of professional teeth whitening include:

– A custom procedure. Since this is a hands-on procedure, your dentist will customize your teeth whitening experience to suit your mouth, your teeth, and your sensitivities.

– A stronger solution. Whitening done in your dentist office result in more dramatic whitening.

– A whiter smile. At-home whitening serum’s can be cumbersome and difficult to apply. Teeth whitening in the office allows for a professional bleaching that is tailor made to your stains. For example, bleaching works very well for yellow teeth, but not for gray stains. Your dentist will be able to provide customized whitening solutions.

– Insurance options. Whether you choose at home or in the office, whitening can get expensive. Take advantage of your dental insurance and company plans.

Dental whitening is the easiest way to a healthier looking smile. Do you have an upcoming wedding, business, or family event in the Ohio area? At Easton Dentists we offer company plans and dental insurance. If you’re looking to dazzle with your whitest smile ever, contact Easton Dentists at 614-414-0111 and schedule an appointment today.

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