In-office vs. Take-Home Whitening: Which Is Right for You?

In-office vs. Take-Home Whitening: Which Is Right for You?

Teeth whitening is a cosmetic treatment a lot of people do in order to have shining, bright smiles. 

Teeth can stain or discolor because of the foods we eat, the beverages we drink or any other circumstance that has made our teeth lose their white, natural color. 

Teeth whitening is a procedure many choose to do to restore their teeth aspect and it can be done both at a dentist's office by an experienced professional or at home with the help of teeth whitening kits. 

In this article, we will tell you the difference between the two options. 

In-Office Teeth Whitening - How Is It Done 

When you decide to whiten your teeth at a dentist's office, this procedure will be done by a professional that already has a lot of experience with the technique. 

And if you have any other dental problems, your dentist will be able to indicate if you are actually suitable for a teeth whitening session. 

Also, the gels used by a professional for whitening can be more teeth-friendly since they know the concentration needed for any case. 

Your dentist will clean any plaque or debris found on your teeth and gums to prepare them for whitening. And, as we said, a dental exam will be done prior to the whitening procedure to make sure it is done in optimal conditions.

At-Home Teeth Whitening – How Is It Done

This way of whitening your teeth is an alternative to the professional one. While they do cost less than the ones done by professionals, the products used at home might not have the same concentration as the ones used at a dentist’s office, and the results can be less visible than when it is done by a dentist. 

For better results, it is recommended to do an at-home teeth whitening after having a professional teeth whitening first. 

The way to apply and use the whitening kit depends on the product itself. Be careful as it is possible to overdo it and make sure you follow the instructions exactly to avoid any unnecessary damage to your teeth. 

Zoom Teeth Whitening 

One option a lot of patients use both at home and in an office is ZOOM teeth whitening. This procedure takes about an hour to be completed, but it is also recommended to do a professional whitening before using the Zoom teeth whitening. 

The Zoom whitening gel is applied after leaving the teeth exposed. It works with the zoom light that reaches deep into the teeth to break away any stains and discoloration. 

Talk to your cosmetic dentist before doing any teeth whitening procedure at home to make sure you don’t cause any damage to your teeth.

We Can Help Brighten Your Smile

At Advanced Dentistry of Mount Pleasant, we use ZOOM teeth whitening to give you a bright and beautiful smile.  Contact us for any dental issue or question you might have. Access the link here for our contact details.