If you want teeth whitening, the first step is to decide on a method. There may seem like a lot of options, but most use a peroxide-based whitening solution. The difference is in the strength of the solution and method of delivery. At Jeff Gray DDS in San Diego, we offer patients a choice.
Let’s look at the pros and cons of DIY and in-office teeth whitening.
At-Home Teeth Whitening Advantages
• Generally less pricey
• Doesn’t require a trip to the dentist
• May cause less tooth sensitivity and pain
At-Home Teeth Whitening Disadvantages
• Takes longer to achieve desired results
• Whitening appliances don’t protect gum tissue
• 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
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 teeth-whitening craze, whitening kiosks starting popping up in San Diego area malls. Some have closed, but a few remain in business. We urge patients to avoid them. There is little regulatory oversight, and customers have no guarantee of the safety of their services – to say nothing of the qualifications of the providers. As always, it is important to trust your smile to dental professionals.
Jeff Gray DDS Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry advises patients to meet with with us before starting any teeth bleaching regimen. We offer both at-home and in-office teeth whitening, including Zoom! Laser Tooth Whitening. We also provide other cosmetic dentistry services, as well as general dentistry.
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