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In-Office vs. Take-Home Teeth Whitening: Which Is Right for You?

August 28, 2019

Filed under: Uncategorized — suwaneedentist @ 5:51 pm

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More than half of Americans believe they could benefit from a brighter smile, and so does your dentist in Suwanee. People with whiter teeth are seen as more confident, attractive, and successful, so why wouldn’t you want to remove surface stains from your teeth? Your dentist offers both take-home and in-office treatment. How do you figure out which one is right for you? We’ve put together this guide for deciding which method of teeth whitening is best for you.

In-Office Whitening

With Boost teeth whitening, you can come in for a single appointment and get your teeth brightened in about an hour. First, your dentist will place a protective barrier over your teeth and lips to shield them from the bleaching agent. Next, he or she will apply the Boost gel directly to your teeth and let it sit for 15 minutes or so. This will allow the gel plenty of time to break up the stains on your enamel. Your dentist will then wipe it off. Finally, your dentist will do the same thing 2 or 3 more times until you are perfectly satisfied with your smile.

Take-Home Whitening

You may have tried over-the-counter whitening kits to brighten your grin, but most of them typically don’t produce the desired results. This is because they don’t contain a bleaching gel nearly as powerful as what your dentist has. For this treatment, the dentist will take impressions of your unique bite to create trays specifically designed to fit you. Simply fill the trays with the ultra-potent bleaching gel and wear them for a prescribed amount of time each day. In just a couple weeks, your grin will be up to 8 shades brighter!

Which One Is Right for Me?

In-office treatment might be recommended if you want quick results, like if you have an important event coming up and you want to look your best. You might benefit from at-home treatment if you want to achieve a prettier smile on your own time. Take-home whitening might also be better if you have sensitive teeth and gums, as you aren’t exposed to as much of the bleaching agent at once as you would with in-office treatment.

How Can I Make Sure My Results Last?

To keep your smile nice and white, follow these steps:

  • Brush your teeth twice a day.
  • Floss once a day.
  • Avoid consuming tobacco products.
  • Limit staining foods and drinks, like coffee, tea, or tomato sauce.
  • Visit your dentist every six months for a cleaning and whitening touch-up.

No matter which option you pick, you could benefit from a whiter smile. Ask your dentist about their whitening choices at your next appointment.

About the Practice

At Dentistry at Suwanee, our staff works diligently to make sure you are comfortable. We will work around your schedule to make sure you receive the quality care you need at a time that works for you. To learn more about how we can help you achieve a beautifully white smile, contact us at (678)-381-2875.

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