Professional Teeth Whitening vs. Home Teeth Whitening

Imagine discovering a simple way to elevate your smile and, with it, your confidence. Teeth whitening stands out as that special key, unlocking the brilliance of your smile that life’s little indulgences—like your morning cup of coffee or evening glass of red wine—may have dimmed over time. As the demand for whiter, brighter smiles increases, you might find yourself at a crossroads, debating whether to choose professional in-office teeth whitening or an at-home whitening kit. Our team is here to provide you with all the information you need to make an informed choice that aligns with your lifestyle and teeth whitening goals.

In-Office Professional Teeth Whitening

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When you visit our office for an in-office teeth whitening treatment, you can expect to start with a dental cleaning. We remove plaque and debris during this process, leaving your teeth free of build-up. Dr. Hamill will also examine your teeth to ensure they are healthy. He will look closely at the type of stains on your teeth and any fillings or crowns you might have because some stains or dental work might not respond well to whitening.

After ensuring your teeth are healthy and ready for whitening, Dr. Hamill will use a cheek retractor to expose your teeth fully. Next, he will apply a protective sealant to your gums to keep them safe during the procedure. After protecting your gums, he will apply a hydrogen peroxide solution to your teeth. This powerful solution is left on your teeth for about half an hour to break down stains and discoloration. Dr. Hamill will then use a special ultraviolet light on the hydrogen peroxide hydrogel to activate the solution and enhance the whitening process.

At-Home Teeth Whitening

We also offer take-home teeth whitening treatments, but don’t mistake these for the ones you find on store shelves! Over-the-counter options, from toothpaste to mouth rinses, often promise a brighter smile but typically fall short of expectations. While these products may offer some level of whitening, they cannot compare to the results of professional whitening. These store-bought alternatives contain lower levels of peroxide compared to what’s used in treatments provided by a dentist.

Whitening trays, strips, and brush-on applications from the store might seem like a step up from whitening toothpastes, promising more noticeable outcomes. However, these over-the-counter solutions provide limited and inconsistent results. Our office provides take-home products that offer convenient and outperform generic options.

For our take-home treatment option, the process begins with Dr. Hamill taking precise impressions of your teeth. This step ensures that your whitening trays fit your teeth perfectly so that the whitening solution is evenly distributed. Over-the-counter options often come in one-size-fits-all trays or strips that can miss spots or cause irritation. On the other hand, our custom-made trays ensure a snug fit that covers every tooth evenly.

You’ll wear these tailored trays for just a couple of hours each night for about a week. This method allows for a controlled and gradual whitening process.

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

Over-the-counter tooth whitening products typically cost much less than a visit to the dentist for a professional whitening session, and some people like the convenience of not having to schedule an appointment to whiten their teeth. However, while the lower price might be tempting, the old saying “you get what you pay for” often holds true.

Over-the-counter whitening methods usually don’t deliver the same outcome, and your teeth might not get as white as they would with professional in-office treatments. That said, we offer the convenience of over-the-counter options but with significantly better results.

With take-home treatments, the process is spread out over several nights and requires consistency. Some people may find integrating whitening into their nightly routine convenient, while others may find it cumbersome or easy to forget. Additionally, in-office treatments offer a much quicker solution. In a short office visit, patients can achieve noticeably whiter teeth. Take-home treatments often require wearing a whitening tray for a few hours in one sitting.

Brighten Your Smile at Douglas Hamill, DDS Today!

Professional whitening treatments are designed to be safe, efficient, and tailored to your specific dental needs. Administered by dental professionals like Dr. Hamill, these treatments can tackle stubborn stains and discoloration, providing results that everyday solutions can’t match. If you’ve already had your teeth whitened but find that you need a touch-up to maintain that bright smile, our office is here to help! If you are interested in professional teeth whitening, contact us today to arrange a free consultation.

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6 thoughts on “Professional Teeth Whitening vs. Home Teeth Whitening

    • douglashamill says:

      Hi Lori, thanks for the question. We offer several options for teeth whitening to fit any budget. Please contact our office at (716) 638-2440 to arrange a free consultation and discuss your options.

  1. Chance Cook says:

    I want to go to a dentist that uses the lights to improve the process. That shows me they care about my teeth. My smile is everything for me so I need it to always be white.

  2. Braden Bills says:

    My teeth have been getting stained, and I’m not sure what to do about it. It makes sense that I would want to get my teeth whitened! That seems like a good way to make sure that my teeth look nice.

  3. Olivia Smart says:

    Thank you for explaining what you can expect from an in-office teeth whitening. My son has been thinking about whitening his teeth before his wedding. I’ll be sure to bring this up with him to see if this is an option he would like to consider.

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