Teeth whitening is a popular cosmetic dental procedure to help lighten your smile. With options both at your dental office and at home, our Edmonton dentists share the pros and cons of each type of treatment.
Teeth whitening treatments use peroxide-based bleaching agents to lighten the colour of your smile. As the active ingredient breaks down, oxygen acts on the tooth enamel and creates the whitening effect.
There are many teeth whitening options available including professional whitening treatments at your dentist office and do-it-yourself treatments for home.
In-Office Teeth Whitening
Performed by a trained dental professional, you can rest assured in-office teeth whitening is a safe, reliable treatment option.
The procedure is non-invasive, and you can sit back and relax while your dentist lightens your smile.
With these treatments, you can usually see results immediately. That's because your dentist uses a higher concentration of bleaching gels compared to solutions used in at-home treatments.
At-Home Teeth Whitening
At-home teeth whitening allows you to whiten teeth from the comfort and convenience of home. These treatments typically costs less than in-office teeth whitening.
Most patients see a difference within a couple of weeks, but because these products use a lower concentration of bleaching gels, they rarely provide the same results that you get from an in-office treatment.
If you do prefer an at-home option, try to find one available through your dentist. Most dentists offer an at-home whitening kit which includes a higher concentration gel and custom whitening tray created for your smile.
Drug store whitening kits can irritate the gums and don't have the strength that professional grade whitening provides. This means you may not achieve the results you're looking for from an over-the-counter product.