The Difference Between At-Home And Professional Teeth Whitening

June 8, 2021

If you have been thinking about whitening your teeth lately, you are not alone! Teeth whitening is one of the most commonly requested cosmetic dental services, as many people are dissatisfied with staining or discoloration that can be common in tooth enamel. Dr. Lachenmayr has performed countless teeth whitening services at his dental practice in Alpha, NJ. However, most people are unsure whether they need professional or at-home teeth whitening. This article will outline the differences between these services and hopefully make you more aware of the benefits of professional teeth whitening in Alpha, NJ.

How Does Teeth Whitening Work?

In general, teeth whitening is a process by which a type of bleach is used to break apart stains either at or below the surface of our teeth to create the appearance of a whiter, brighter smile. The two main types of bleach used are hydrogen peroxide and carbamide peroxide. The most common types of whitening products include toothpaste, at-home kits, and professional whitening procedures. Each of these types of whitening can have varied results based on the fact that they use varying levels of peroxide in their products.

Differences in Products

While whitening toothpaste is the most commonly used teeth-whitening product, it is also the least effective due to its use of polishing agents vs. bleach, making it a safer product to use on your teeth and gums but taking many weeks or months for a noticeable difference in the color of your teeth. Similarly, at-home whitening kits in the form of strips, trays, lights, rinses, and brushes contain less peroxide than professional teeth whitening services. This can mean it takes a series of days or weeks for a noticeable difference compared to a professional whitening service.

Professional whitening services are by far the most effective way to whiten your teeth, as they can use a higher concentration of peroxide to target stains below the surface of the enamel, making the overall process quicker (just 1-2 hours), with results lasting much longer between treatments. Dr. Lachenmayr will assess your teeth and gums before the teeth whitening procedure in Alpha, NJ, to determine the best approach for your specific needs.

Call For A Consult Today

At-home kits are a one-size-fits-all approach, while professional teeth whitening is uniquely tailored to you for the best possible results. If you have been putting off professional teeth whitening services, or have tried at-home products that do not seem to be working, please call Dr. Lachenmary and his team to discuss your options for teeth whitening in Alpha, NJ, today!

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