The Art of Whitening: In-office Vs. At-home Whitening Treatments

Teeth Whitening Nobody wants to smile for a picture only to see a yellowish/brown smile back at them. However, after years of consuming foods that can stain your teeth like tomatoes and berries, and to top it off with beverages like coffee and black tea, your smile can start to resemble something that’s a bit more tan than your own skin. However, with both in-office whitening solutions and at-home whitening kits, you can get a whiter smile in no time. Read on to learn more about your different tooth whitening options.

In-Office Whitening

There are two basic types of in-office whitening solutions: bleach trays and laser whitening. Depending on the severity of your tooth discoloration and the type of results you want will help determine what solution is ideal for you.

  • Bleach Trays: These customized dental trays are designed to fit your mouth without feeling like you’re gagging on something. Simply apply a small amount of the prescribed bleaching solution to your tray as directed by your dentist.
  • Laser Whitening: By using a laser to target the discoloration on your teeth, you can help to get whiter teeth in just a few sessions.

At-Home Whitening

Over the past decade or so, the variety of at-home whitening options that you can choose from has vastly grown. From whitening strips to whitening toothpaste, there is an option for just about everyone.

  • Whitening Strips: As one of the, if not the strongest forms of at-home whitening solutions, whitening strips contain either peroxide or bleach in order to rid your teeth of surface stains. Available in different concentrations, you can have a whiter smile in as little as 24 hours with some brands of whitening strips.
  • Whitening Toothpaste: This type of toothpaste is ideal to use as a replacement for your everyday toothpaste. Containing small doses of peroxide, whitening toothpaste can help you rid your teeth of daily surface stains caused by food and beverages.

If you are considering having your teeth whitened, there are many different options for you to choose from. From in-office whitening to at-home whitening, consult with your dentist about the best solution for you and your teeth. To learn more or to schedule an appointment, contact our office today!


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