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 in Lansdale.
Advantages to At-Home Teeth Whitening in Lansdale
- Generally less expensive
- Doesn’t require a trip to your Lansdale dentist
- May cause less tooth sensitivity and pain
Disadvantages to At-Home Teeth Whitening in Lansdale
- Takes longer to achieve desired level of lightning
- Whitening appliances don’t protect gum tissue
- Solution must be applied many times over a period of weeks
Advantages to In-Office Professional Teeth Whitening in Lansdale
- Same day results
- Administered by a dental professional
- Gum tissue is protected from chemicals
Disadvantages to In-Office Professional Teeth Whitening in Lansdale
- More expensive at at-home teeth whitening
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.
Non-Professional Teeth Bleaching Kiosks
A few years ago during the height of the tooth-whitening craze, teeth whitening kiosks starting popping up in Lansdale area malls. Though some have closed their doors, a few remain in business. We urge 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.
Black & Bass Cosmetic and Family Dentistry advises patients to meet with their Lansdale 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 critical when you have tetracycline stains or multiple restorations.
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