A bright, white smile can go a long way to improve your confidence and make you feel good about yourself. While regular brushing and cleanings at the dentist office can help keep your teeth healthy, sometimes an extra boost is needed to let your pearly whites shine. Over-the-counter kits are available to whiten your teeth at home, but a professional whitening performed at your dentist’s office with bleaching gel, laser, or LED light applications can achieve better and quicker results.
Over-the-counter kits contain a small amount of bleaching agent to remove stains on teeth. A higher concentration of bleaching agent is used when you have your teeth whitened at a dentist’s office, which ensures you’ll receive the bright smile you want. In addition, there is often room for error in the at-home application process which can lead to disappointing results. Dentists, however, are pros at teeth whitening applications, so you know you’ll walk away with a bright smile.
Since in-office teeth whitening is done by a dental professional, your teeth are in good hands. Before beginning an application, dentists evaluate the teeth and gums to make sure whitening is appropriate. Dentists are trained to apply the right amount of bleaching gel to the teeth, which protects the enamel. If you opt for laser or LED teeth whitening, a dentist will monitor for tooth sensitivity or gum irritation.
At-home teeth whitening kits take daily sessions over weeks to achieve a whiter smile. Sometimes it can be hard to find a convenient time to apply the whitening solutions, and people often forget or skip a day. With professional teeth whitening, you only need to schedule about an hour and a half of your time to get bright, white teeth.
Before the teeth whitening begins, a dentist will show you a sample set of teeth in varying degrees of whiteness, allowing you to choose how bright you’d like your smile to be. Dentists can also apply a greater amount of the bleaching agent in areas where you need it most.
Professional teeth whitening can last for anywhere from six months to three years, depending on the bleaching agent used and your lifestyle. In contrast, at-home teeth whitening kits tend to keep your teeth white for only a few months.
At Vacendak Dentistry, we take the health of your whole mouth into account when whitening your teeth and choose the methods that are safest and most effective for you. To learn more about our teeth whitening service, call us at (757) 609-3510