The Difference Between At-Home And Professional Teeth Whitening
By Lake Marion Dental Care
October 11, 2021
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: teeth whitening  

Dr. Noah Rounds, Dr. Thomas Nomeland, and Dr. Rebecca Nomeland of Lake Marion Dental Care offer teeth whitening in Lakeville, MN, to help you have the whitest, brightest smile possible.

Many people tend to hide their smiles because of discoloration, so questions about whitening treatments are often a common reason for dental visits. If you are considering whitening your teeth and aren’t sure whether to use over-the-counter products or schedule a whitening procedure at your dentist’s office, it’s important to understand the difference between at-home and professional teeth whitening. Here are a few things to keep in mind when choosing your best option.

At-Home Teeth Whitening

There are typically two primary ingredients in-home teeth whitening products; carbamide peroxide and hydrogen peroxide. Both of these ingredients work by breaking down the discoloration and staining into smaller bits, which ultimately lessens the concentration of the staining to make teeth look whiter. The primary at-home treatment options include:

  • Whitening toothpaste-These products work by removing only the surface stains and discoloration. Toothpaste products rely on a “polishing motion” as opposed to bleaching ingredients. Although whitening toothpaste products are a good option for those with sensitive teeth, the downside of these products is that they must be used regularly in order to see visible results.
  • Whitening kits-These kits may consist of gels and trays, whitening strips, lights, or rinses. They generally contain a small amount of carbamide or hydrogen peroxide, which will light the tooth enamel if used regularly.

One of the primary disadvantages of using at-home whitening products is that you have to use the product consecutively for several weeks before seeing results. Another disadvantage is that these products can cause tooth sensitivity or burning, especially if used more than recommended.

Professional Teeth Whitening

When you visit your dentist for professional teeth whitening there are a few different treatment options ranging from a gentle surface whitening treatment to stronger options for extreme discoloration. One of the best benefits of professional teeth whitening is safety. Before the whitening process, your doctor does an oral exam to ensure the condition of your teeth is healthy enough for the process. Other benefits of professional whitening include:

  • Teeth can be lightened as much as eight shades in one visit
  • Gums and tooth-root surfaces are protected better than with at-home products
  • The process is professionally monitored

There are advantages and disadvantages to both teeth whitening options; however, visiting your dentist for professional teeth whitening in Lakeville, MN, will allow you to whiten teeth in a safe environment and your teeth will be whitened quicker and stay whiter longer.

To learn more information about teeth whitening in Lakeville, MN, contact Dr. Rounds, Dr. Nomeland, and Dr. Nomeland of Lake Marion Dental Care at (952) 985-8885 to schedule a consultation.