Pros and Cons of Teeth Whitening at Home

Teeth_WhiteningWhen it comes to teeth whitening, the price and effectiveness of the procedure can vary dramatically, depending on what method you choose. Dentist-supervised at-home teeth whitening is one of the safest, best researched, and most cost-effective options, compared to in-office teeth whitening and over-the-counter products. But no single type of procedure is right for all patients.

Here are a few of the pros and cons of using at-home teeth whitening kits prescribed by your dentist.

Pros of At-Home Teeth Whitening

  1. It is safer than whitening with over-the-counter products, because your dentist will perform a thorough examination to ensure your teeth are free of decay and disease before whitening begins. He or she will also create custom-fitted trays for the whitening agent that will minimize your chances of experiencing teeth sensitivity or gum irritation issues.
  2. You have greater control of the shade of your whitened teeth, dependent on how frequently you whiten at home.
  3. It is convenient – you can whiten on your own schedule once the dentist has provided your kit to you.
  4. It is less expensive than in-office whitening.

Cons of At-Home Teeth Whitening

  1. Your shade change will be more gradual – because at-home whitening kits use a lower concentration of whitening agent than an in-office treatment does.
  2. At-home whitening takes longer. A single session of in-office teeth whitening takes about an hour; your dentist will typically recommend that you use your custom-fitted trays every day for a period of time (from one hour to overnight) for a week or two.
  3. Your dentist is not on-site to supervise the whitening session, although you should feel free to consult with him or her if you have any questions or concerns.

If you’re interested in at-home whitening kits, make an appointment with your dentist for an examination to determine if you’re a good candidate for teeth whitening.

Dr. Carol Ford, a cosmetic dentist practicing in central Phoenix, says, “You can achieve a fantastic bright smile with at-home teeth whitening, and partnering with your dentist allows you to get all the potential benefits of this method.”

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