Professional Teeth Whitening versus Whitening at Home

Tooth whitening is one of the best (and easiest) ways to improve the look of your smile. But when it comes to tooth whitening, there are so many options, including home whitening versus professional whitening. So how do you choose?Our table presents issues to consider for both, and will hopefully help you make the best decision for you and your smile: 
Professional Whitening At-Home Whitening
Time
  • In-office whitening usually takes a shorter amount of time because ingredients are stronger
  • Treatments often consist of three 15 minute office visits
  • Because the ingredients aren’t as strong, at-home whitening can take longer. For similar results as in-office visits, it may take up to three weeks of use
  • Because the ingredients aren’t as strong, at-home whitening can take longer. For similar results as in-office visits, it may take up to three weeks of use
Place
  • In-office, under a dentist’s supervision.
  • May require at-home follow-ups
  • In-home use
  •  In-home use 
Systems
  • Whitening gel application followed by a special lamp to activate the hydrogen peroxide in the gel
  • Whitening trays for in-office and home follow-up application
  • Strips
  • Toothpaste
  • Rinses
  • Trays
  • Strips
  • Toothpaste
  • Rinses
  • Trays
Ingredients
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Carbamide peroxide
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  •  Hydrogen peroxide 
Expense
  • More expensive
  • Less expensive (usually)
  •  Less expensive (usually)
Specifics
  • Good if your teeth are in excellent condition or if you have other issues with your teeth such as tooth or gum sensitivity
  • You will have a dentist to monitor application, progress and results
  • Good for teeth in excellent condition
  •  Good for teeth in excellent condition 
Results
  • Whiter teeth in most cases
  • Results are usually customizable; your dentist will be able to match the shade of white you are seeking
  • Results can be mixed depending on the product and/or application process. Some are better than others
  • Often not customizable
  • Results can be mixed depending on the product and/or application process. Some are better than others
  • Often not customizable 
 The method you use will depend on your needs, your budget and your time. If you have any questions or want to make an appointment with an experienced Albuquerque cosmetic dentist, contact the dental office of Roderick A. Garcia, DMD—we’ll be happy to answers your questions! Se habla Español.

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