Tooth whitening: in-office or at-home?

Tooth whitening: in-office or at-home?

Tooth whitening or tooth bleaching is definitely one of the most common or the most easily available cosmetic improvement to a person’s teeth. While it may not have an actual or functional improvement to your teeth, white and clean teeth often gives the perception of good dental hygiene and health. There are many ways to whiten your teeth. One of the most common debate when it comes to tooth whitening whether it should be done in the dentist’s office or would it be just as good or effective if you just use commercial products meant to whiten teeth? Here are the pros and cons of both ways.

Let’s discuss the advantages and disadvantages of tooth whitening at the dentist’s office. Firstly, the procedures and whitening techniques used by dentists will usually yield results faster compared to home kits. Dentists can also whiten your teeth a few shades whiter compared to kits. A home dental whitening kit will get you 4 shades whiter, but at in-office tooth whitening can go up to 7 shades or more. However, because of the more advanced technology and equipment being used, these sessions tend to be more expensive and since tooth whitening is not a permanent thing since you can still stain your teeth after the treatment, you’ll need to come back regularly occasionally.

As for the tooth whitening at home, convenience and affordability is the main selling point. No need to make trips to the dentist. You can whiten your teeth comfortable at home while watching TV or reading a book. Commercial tooth whitening kits also tend to be very affordable so you can keep purchasing them and using the product regularly so that you can keep your teeth white. However, tooth whitening at home may not get you the results you want. These types of kits only remove the stain on the surface of the teeth so it may not become as white as you want it to be.

Tooth whitening in office or at home both have their advantages and disadvantages. It’s up to your preference or what you want. If you’re not unsure, best to talk to a dentist and get their expert opinion. Talk to the dentists at Plateau Village Dental, they’ll be able to give good advice and help you take care of your teeth.