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Bronx, NY 10465

In-Office vs. At-Home Teeth Whitening

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Everyone wants whiter teeth for brighter, more attractive smiles. There are two main ways to achieve whiter teeth: by getting them whitened at a dentist’s office or by whitening them yourself at home. Which one is right for you? Let’s take a closer look.

Professional Teeth Whitening

What’s great about choosing to whiten your teeth in a dental office is that the results are more dramatic because dentists can use a higher concentration of bleaching agent compared to what you get in products at your local drugstore. When a dentist is supervising your teeth whitening, you’re getting top-level service and are guaranteed a return for your investment.

In-Office Teeth Whitening

If you need to get a brighter smile quickly (say you have a special event coming up), then in-office teeth whitening is an excellent choice. You’ll just visit your dentist’s office, let them set up the whitening system, have it treat your teeth for about an hour or so, and you’ll get to walk out the door with whiter teeth. At Covenant Dentistry, we also give our in-office teeth whitening patients a touch-up kit to take home with them so they can maintain their results.

Take-Home Teeth Whitening

Another teeth whitening treatment you can get at the dentist’s office is take-home trays. Your dentist will design custom-fitted trays that you then fill with a strong bleaching gel. After that, you’ll just follow their instructions for how long to wear the trays each day and for how many days to get your desired results. A big advantage of this option is that you can whiten your teeth whenever and wherever it’s most convenient from you, making it a popular choice for people who can’t make it to the dental office during the day.

Over-the-Counter Teeth Whitening

If affordability is what you’re after, there are many over-the-counter whitening options. These include whitening rinses, whitening toothpaste, whitening gel strips, and over-the counter whitening trays. Whitening gel strips can usually be used once a day for a few hours to achieve the desired effect. Over-the-counter whitening trays are one-size-fits-all and therefore won’t be customized to your smile as they would in a dentist office.

At-home whitening may be less expensive than in-office whitening, but it’s important to remember that you are giving up some quality for that affordability as the doses for bleaching agents will be less powerful than at a dentist’s office.

If you’d like whiter teeth, talk to the Covenant Dentistry team to see which kind of whitening is right for you. Contact us today!

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