Whitening: Take Home Kits vs. In-office

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Erasing the signs of aging

According to BU Today, “Americans reportedly drop $1.4 billion annually on nonprescription teeth whitening products to bleach away the effects of cigarettes, coffee, red wine, or just plain age.”

Whiter teeth. Everyone wants them, but how do we get them, is the question. With so many in-home options like: whitening toothpaste, rinse, bleaching trays, strips, etc. How do we know which ones really work and which ones are best for our teeth?

We’re glad you asked. We have the answers to many of these questions!

A whiter smile makes us look younger and more confident so it makes sense that everyone wants a brighter smile. So, let’s break down the benefits of each option and weigh the differences of them, too.

In-home whitening – In-home whiteners are relatively cheap, come in a variety of options, and can be done in the privacy of your own home. Over-the-counter whitening products are often times not regulated and can either be weak and ineffective, or very strong and dangerous to use and ingest. Unfortunately, popular whitening choices, such as Crest Whitestrips, often only whiten the front six teeth.

In-office whitening – In-office whitening is much more concentrated and therefore, more effective. And because the procedure is supervised, it’s also more safe. Optimal results are achieved much faster and in many ways, the results are much better given the nature of the bleaching agents that are used. In-office whitening usually takes about an hour and give you a brighter, whiter smile, instantly.

Time is of the Essence

Making time to get a brighter smile may sound easier said than done, and we totally understand. For those patients that might not be able to commit, we do offer a take home touch up whitening pen or custom trays that can be used as needed.

Give us a call, today and let’s schedule an appointment to get your smile back to the bright smile you love!

~Dr. Marea White