If you want whiter, more brilliant teeth for a brighter smile, there is always the option of tooth whitening. Today, people seeking teeth whitening have two basic options: At-home tooth-bleaching kits or professional teeth whitening performed by qualified dentists.
There are benefits to both. At-home teeth-bleaching tends to be less expensive and definitely requires fewer trips to your dentists’ office.
But even if you choose to try teeth-whitening yourself at home it’s always a good idea to talk to your dentist first. Not everybody who attempts at-home teeth-bleaching gets the results they expect. For example, if you have porcelain crowns or bondings made from composite colored to match your other teeth, bleaching will not work on these teeth so the results could be uneven and odd-looking.
That’s why it’s generally a good idea to leave teeth whitening to the professionals.
Benefits of In-Office Teeth Whitening
When you let your dentist perform your teeth whitening rather than doing it yourself, the results are not only generally more even, but more effective. In-office teeth whitening also tends to be quite a bit faster than at-home teeth-bleaching.
That’s because experienced dentists have more equipment and options to work with than over the counter kits you apply to your teeth at home. For example, a dentist will have heat, light, bleaching compounds, and other options to provide the kind of even, attractive teeth whitening you want, whereas an at-home kit may simply have a cream or compound that is spread on the teeth for a long period of time.
Perhaps the biggest benefit is speed. Teeth whitening by qualified dentists can provide the results most patients want in just a few brief visits to the dentist’s office. Overall, many patients can experience teeth that are three to eight shades brighter in just a handful of 30- to 60-minute office visits. In some instances, even a single two-hour appointment can provide outstanding results.