In-Office Teeth Whitening Treatments
Many in-office or "chair side" whitening treatments are available to you either directly through your dentist or at an office specializing in tooth whitening. A number of brand name teeth whitening treatments are available, including BriteSmile® and Zoom!®.
Most in-office whitening treatments use hydrogen peroxide in relatively high concentrations to allow for fast, dramatic results. Teeth can be whitened significantly after only one dental treatment! Since trained professionals administer the treatments, in-office teeth whitening is extremely safe.
If your teeth or gums are extremely sensitive, your dentist may advise a different treatment plan using weaker whitening agents over a longer period of time. Dentists can also give you tooth whitening treatments that are stronger than what you can buy over the counter to use at home.
At-Home Teeth Whitening Treatments
There is an almost endless variety of over-the-counter tooth whitening products available to you at your neighborhood drugstore. From whitening toothpaste, gels, strips and kits to custom, dentist-dispensed trays. Products such as Crest Whitestrips®, GoSmile® and dentist-prescribed Nu Radiance® can be used at home, in the car, at work or even while you sleep giving you maximum flexibility to whiten your teeth when it is most convenient for you.
Most at-home tooth whitening treatments use carbamide peroxide, which is weaker than the hydrogen peroxide usually used in professional teeth whitening. By using lower strength peroxide over an extended period of time, you can control the rate and degree of whitening.
At-home whitening products are usually much cheaper than most in-office whitening treatments. Over-the-counter whitening products are a no-hassle option for most people looking for moderate whitening. Still, it is important that you consult with a dentist to make sure that you choose the tooth whitening system that is right for you.
Tooth Whitening At A Glance
In-Office Treatment Advantages
- Fastest, most dramatic results
- Extremely safe
- May be too harsh for hypersensitive teeth or gums
- Works well with organic stains and discoloration
At-Home Treatment Advantages
- Ongoing use allows you to maintain results
- Variety of products available
- Convenience and portability
- Overuse can weaken or irritate teeth and gums
If you have questions about teeth whitening -- or want to find out if which type is right for you -- talk to your dentist. If you don't have one, we can help you find a dentist in your area.