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In-Office vs. At-Home Teeth Whitening

Teeth Whitening

Most people want to have a white, bright smile. Over time, your teeth can start to turn yellow. If you drink red wine or coffee, your teeth can become stained. The same is true if you use tobacco products. If your teeth are not as white as you would like them to be, there are treatments available. There are home teeth whitening products that you can buy in the store, or you can have your teeth professionally whitened at your dentist office.

At Home Teeth Whitening

The products that you buy in the store use low-dose bleaching agents. These treatment methods can whiten your teeth but only at the surface. The whitening agents that home kits use are not strong enough to penetrate the tooth's enamel and remove deep down stains. The most common over the counter whitening treatments include:

  • Whitening toothpaste
  • Whitening strips
  • Whitening Gels
  • Whitening gels with universal trays

Professional Teeth Whitening

The best way to whiten your teeth is to have it done at the dentist office. Your dentist has access to high-strength bleaching agents that will get below the tooth's enamel.

During your whitening visit, your dentist would first create a custom tray for your teeth. This tray differs from the universal tray because the tray is created with a mold of your teeth. This will ensure that each tooth is whitened.

Next, your dentist will put the gel on your teeth, and they will use a light to activate the whitening agent. The visit often takes between 15 and 30 minutes.

After the initial whitening, the dentist would give you the custom tray and a whitening agent so that you can complete your professional whitening at home. 3

There are some dentists who do the entire process in the office. This would require you to return for several whitening sessions to get your teeth as white as possible.

If you are unhappy with the appearance of your smile, and you want the best whitening results possible, you should schedule an appointment with Cool Springs Laser Dentistry. Our dentist in Brentwood would first perform a routine dental cleaning. Once your teeth are clean, they would begin the whitening process. To schedule an appointment, contact our Brentwood dentist today.


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