Tooth Whitening: In-Office vs. DIY

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If you are planning to whiten your teeth, the critical first step is to decide on a whitening method. It may seem like there is a multitude of options, but it’s important to remember that they all employ a peroxide-based whitening solution. The difference lies in the strength of the bleaching solution and the method of delivery. In-office whitening procedures generally use a solution with a relatively higher concentration of peroxide. In other words, it is stronger.

Let’s look at the pros and cons of DIY and in-office teeth whitening.

At-Home Teeth Whitening Advantages

  • Generally less expensive
  • Doesn’t require a trip to your Maple Grove dentist
  • May cause less tooth sensitivity and pain

At-Home Teeth Whitening Disadvantages

  • Takes longer to achieve the desired level of lightening
  • Whitening appliances don’t protect gum tissue
  • The solution must be applied many times over a period of weeks

In-Office Professional Teeth Whitening Advantages

  • Same-day results
  • Administered by a dental professional
  • Gum tissue is protected
  • You may be able to pay for it with HSA or flex spending

In-Office Professional Teeth Whitening Disadvantages

  • More expensive

Did you know that in order to maintain the brightness achieved from an in-office teeth whitening treatment, a patient must follow up with at-home touch-ups? Therefore, a combination of in-office and DIY methods is often the most effective solution.

A note about non-professional teeth bleaching kiosks:

A few years ago during the height of the tooth-whitening craze, teeth whitening kiosks starting popping up in Minneapolis area malls. Though some have closed their doors, a few remain in business. Arbor Lakes Dental – Jamie L. Sledd, DDS urges patients to avoid these establishments. There is little regulatory oversight and customers have no guarantee of the safety of their services or the qualifications of their employees. As always, it is critical to only trust your smile to dental professionals.

Arbor Lakes Dental – Jamie L. Sledd, DDS advises patients to meet with with their Maple Grove dentist before starting any tooth bleaching regimen. An oral examination will help your dentist know if tooth whitening will deliver the results you are seeking. This is especially vital when you have tetracycline stains or multiple restorations.

 

 

 

Contact Arbor Lakes Dental – Jamie L. Sledd, DDS:

763-494-4443

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

12000 Elm Creek Blvd N Ste 230
Maple Grove, Minnesota
55369

 

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