When selecting whether to whiten your teeth at home or at the dentist, it’s crucial to weigh the pros and cons of each option. While at-home teeth whitening is less expensive than professional teeth whitening, the outcomes of a professional teeth whitening are significantly superior and involve far less risk than what you can get with over-the-counter or at-home procedures.  

Get better results in less than an hour:  

The bleaching chemical, hydrogen peroxide will be present in both at-home and in-office solutions, regardless of the method you pick. Peroxide levels in in-office systems range from 15% to 43%, whereas peroxide levels in at-home procedures range from 3% to 20%. The bleaching chemical used at the dentist has a higher peroxide content, which whitens your teeth more effectively and in less time. Dentists utilise heat or light in addition to a high peroxide content to speed up the whitening process and increase the whitening results. Professional teeth whitening can generate a whiter smile 2 to 8 shades brighter than at-home treatments, which might take weeks or even months to see any noticeable improvements.  

Brighter and longer-lasting smiles:  

One of the most significant benefits of having your teeth whitened at the dentist is the treatment oversight before and during the procedure, ensuring satisfactory outcomes that at-home methods cannot guarantee.  

Prior to teeth whitening, the dentist will inspect your teeth to ensure that you are a good candidate for the procedure. The dentist will also evaluate which bleaching is appropriate for you. This can help you avoid any less-than-ideal outcomes.  

The dental professional will clean your teeth and remove any plaque or tartar before administering the bleaching solution to achieve the best results. The dentist will ensure that nothing goes wrong during treatment and that the operation is as painless as possible, with minimal tooth sensitivity and gum irritation.  

Unlike most at-home whitening procedures (whitening toothpaste, baking soda, etc.) that remove plaque and discoloration from the surface of the teeth, professional whitening penetrates the teeth from the inside, where age and medication-related discolouration occurs.   

Reduces risk of tooth sensitivity and damage:  

Tooth discomfort and gum irritation are common side effects of teeth whitening. Too much time spent with the whitening gel on the teeth produces dehydration and discomfort. The peroxide agent might irritate your gums and cause pain when you eat certain foods if it gets on them. It’s far more likely that the patient may abuse at-home whitening solutions, resulting in sensitivity and pain, as well as leading to less-than-ideal outcomes. On the other hand, the dentist will safeguard your teeth and gums from harm by prepping them before applying the whitening solution.  

In essence, when weighing the health hazards of at-home whitening treatments against the various benefits of professional teeth whitening, the latter is unquestionably the wiser choice.  

Book your teeth whitening session with your local Bravo Dental today! 

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