If you are planning to whiten your teeth, the critical first step is to select 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 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 Los Angeles 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
Administered by a dental professional
Gum tissue is protected
In-Office Professional Teeth Whitening Disadvantages
In order to achieve the whiteness from an in-office teeth whitening treatment, a patient must follow up with touch-ups at home? 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 Beverly Hills area malls. Though some have closed their doors, a few remain in business. 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 vital to only trust your smile to dental professionals.
Dr. Bill Dorfman, DDS – Century City Aesthetic Dentistry advises patients to meet with their Los Angeles 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.
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