What Is the Difference Between In-Office Whitening and Take Home Whitening?

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What Is the Difference Between In-Office Whitening and Take Home Whitening?

What Is the Difference Between In-Office Whitening and Take Home Whitening?

Posted on Monday, January 29th, 2018 at 9:27 pm.

Have you ever longed for a white and beautiful smile? If so, you are not alone. There is a reason there is an entire industry dedicated to whitening your teeth. You will find a multitude of over the counter teeth whitening options available in addition to the professional whitening treatments that our cosmetic dentist at May Conte DDS can offer – so what is the difference between the two?

What Is Teeth Whitening?

Teeth whitening offers a cosmetic solution to treat stained or discolored teeth. It is a minimally invasive and relatively inexpensive procedure, making it one of the most popular cosmetic dentistry treatments available today. Teeth whitening systems do not offer a permanent solution for discoloration. However, results are virtually immediate and may last for months with appropriate care.

In-Office Whitening

A dental professional trained to deliver safe and reliable bleaching results performs your in-office teeth whitening. The results are superior to products used at home because dental offices use higher concentration bleach gels.

Before treatment, your dentist will first prep your teeth by clearing away plaque and debris and will perform a thorough dental exam to ensure optimal tooth and gum health. A cheek retractor will be used to expose your teeth, and a liquid rubber dam or hardening resin applied to your gums protects them. A hydrogen peroxide whitening gel applied to your teeth remains for 15 to 30 minutes, followed by cleaning the gel then reapplication for one or more additional periods of 15 to 30 minutes. Some whitening treatments like Zoom require a high-intensity light to activate and enhance the bleaching process. You will see immediate results to your professional teeth whitening procedure, but the full effects will be apparent in a couple of days.

Take Home Whitening

At-home tooth whitening is an alternative to professional whitening. It typically costs less than in-office solutions and offers the convenience of doing it yourself rather than scheduling an appointment with a dentist. However, at-home teeth whitening products have lower concentrations of hydrogen peroxide, which means the results will not be the same as in-office whitening.

There are many products such as brush-on whiteners, whitening strips, trays, or whitening toothpaste that you can purchase over the counter. These products deliver minor, short-lived results compared to professional, in-office whitening. You can obtain higher concentration products from your dentist, with better results.

Contact Us Today

Schedule your appointment with Dr. May Conte at 25385 Wayne Mills Place Sant Clarita, CA 91355, to learn more about our cosmetic solutions, including teeth whitening. We are committed to offering you cutting-edge technology and personalized quality care. Your healthier, whiter smile is only a phone call away.