Professional Teeth Whitening vs. Home Teeth Whitening
Cosmetic dentistry is about keeping your smile beautiful, including the shape, position, size, and color of your teeth. The most common request for cosmetic dentistry work is for professional teeth whitening. There are also at-home whitening kits and over the counter teeth whitening solutions available, but there are benefits and drawbacks to both options.
Professional teeth whitening is the fastest acting teeth whitener and can have the most dramatic effects. In about an hour, your teeth may whiten anywhere from 2 to 8 shades out of 16. The process is most effective on food and tobacco stains, as well as on the stains naturally acquired over time during the aging process. In-office whitening can be expensive, however, and has varying effect depending on the cause of your teeth discoloration.
Home teeth whitening options vary widely in price, strength, and effectiveness. Take-home trays custom fitted to your teeth by your dentist can be $400, but whitening strips from the drugstore are often less than $100. There are unique challenges to each method, but since the concentration of the whitening agent is lower, you will not get the immediate results of chairside professional tooth whitening.
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