If you are interested in professional teeth whitening, you may wonder how dentists whiten teeth. Is professional teeth whitening the same as over-the-counter whitening kits? If not, what is the best whitening option for you? This guide will help you better understand getting your teeth whitened at a dentist office.
Types of Teeth Whitening from Dentists
Teeth whitening from a dentist office typically comes in two forms: take-home bleaching kits and in-office whitening procedures. The in-office procedures use a light and a special bleaching agent to instantly remove surface stains. The professional-grade bleaching kits will gradually whiten teeth over time. The dentist creates a set of custom molds for the client’s smile, and the client fills the molds with a solution at home. Most clients will bleach their teeth over the course of several nights, or they may use the take-home kit for whitening maintenance after an in-office procedure.
Another option to consider is permanent teeth whitening with porcelain veneers. Veneers can reshape your smile if you are unhappy with the size/shape of your teeth. The material they are made from does not stain like teeth enamel, so they stay white for their entire lifespan. Veneers are more expensive than the other teeth whitening options, but their results last significantly longer. Contact us if you would like a cosmetic dentistry consultation.
Professional Teeth Whitening vs. Over-the-Counter Whitening Products
The products you can buy at drug stores are not as powerful as dentist-grade whitening solutions. Their results do not last as long, and they may not be noticeable at all. Whitening toothpastes and whitening rinses are usually fine for upkeep, but they will not brighten your teeth like a session with the dentist. Ultimately, you will get much more from your investment by getting your teeth whitened at the dentist office.
How to Choose the Right Whitening Program for You
When deciding which teeth whitening is right for you, consider how much you are able to spend, and how long that investment will last. Some results last a few months, while others last several years (or forever). Talk to your cosmetic dentist about your short- and long-term smile goals. The dentist will come up with a personalized care plan to meet your needs.
If you’d like a consultation with Dr. Sadikoff of Clinton Dental Center, contact us at the following:
Phone: (586) 949-5363
Clinton Dental Center
50475 Gratiot Ave. – Suite 4
Chesterfield, MI 48051