Tooth whitening has become so advanced and widespread that certain dental companies have marketed their own form of at-home tooth whitening products. While there is some merit to these home bleaching kits, there is nothing that compares to having a professional, nationally board-certified dentist perform this procedure on your teeth. When performed by a professional, the entire whitening process is abbreviated and can be completed in only a few short visits, compared to weeks of at-home treatment.
Dental offices use different methods of bleaching or whitening to achieve the shade preferred by the patient. Whitening products can brighten teeth that may have been stained or darkened by food, tobacco, injury or aging.
Advantages of In-Office Teeth Whitening
Over-the-counter tooth-whitening kits are less expensive than in-office treatments. However, there are advantages that in-office teeth-whitening procedures have over take-home whitening products. They include:
- Professional supervision
- Faster results
- Longer-lasting results
- Fewer sensitivity issues