Your smile is important. So important, in fact, that there are countless cosmetic procedures out there geared towards perfecting it. The appearance of your smile is based on many different aesthetic aspects, such as shape, size, and color. Let’s focus on color for a moment. Teeth are very susceptible to stains, yellowing, and daily wear. For this reason, it is important to consider a whitening treatment in order to keep your smile pearly white. There are many routes you can take when it comes to whitening your teeth. When looking at professional whitening options, your decision typically boils down to two different options: at-home whitening or in-office whitening. Read on to figure out which is right for you.

At-Home Whitening:

An at-home whitening kit is often the right choice if you are mainly experiencing surface stains. This treatment option has the ability to fight stains from things such as coffee, tea, wine, and other foods that may cause stains. There are two different options when considering an at-home treatment. One of the least expensive ways to whiten your teeth is to purchase a box of whitening strips from your local grocery store. Though this may be the cheapest option, these strips usually don’t provide the desired impact that professional whitening does.

Your second option is to make an appointment with your dentist to receive custom whitening trays and whitening gel. During your appointment, your dentist will create custom molds in order to create trays made to fit your teeth. Once your trays are ready, you will take them home along with syringes of gel, and at your convenience, you will squeeze the gel into the mold and where the trays for a designated amount of time. Your dentist will clarify how long and how often to whiten your teeth based on the whitening gel you use. You will begin to see results after 3 to 5 sessions, depending on the severity of your stains.

In-Office Whitening:

This is the option for you if you are suffering from surface stains and/or have always had naturally darker teeth. This procedure employs a stronger bleaching gel than with at-home treatments and results are often visible after just one treatment. Although this is the most expensive option, it is usually the most popular because it involves only one treatment and you are in the hands of a trained professional. Plus, patients who have undergone in-office treatment usually report less tooth sensitivity than those who had opted for at-home treatments.

Your dentist will be able to tell you which option is right for you. Each mouth is different, and therefore each whitening treatment will be different. If you’re unhappy with the state of your smile, give us a call at 719.598.6680.