When you feel great about your teeth, you’ll smile bigger, feel more confident, and love taking pictures again. Teeth whitening is one quick way to make any grin more attractive, but some patients wonder if they can get good results at home instead of taking a trip to the dentist’s office. While DIY-ing the whitening process can seem appealing, heading to your cosmetic dentist in Miami gets you the best results while protecting your teeth.
Great Results from Your Treatment
At-home whitening kits contain a variety of whitening agents and other ingredients. Additionally, they all have different instructions and application methods. This can lead to profoundly inconsistent results that leave you dissatisfied and frustrated. Whether it’s uneven whitening that looks patchy and unattractive or whitening that doesn’t completely lift stains from your teeth, at-home kits come with plenty of downsides.
Professional teeth whitening is done in your dentist’s office under their supervision. The tools used to whiten your teeth have been tested to be safe and get excellent results. Your dentist will be able to keep you comfortable and ensure your satisfaction. Additionally, if you want higher-impact results, they can create a treatment plan that whitens your teeth without compromising the integrity of your enamel or your comfort.
You wouldn’t try to fill one of your own cavities at home, so why should you try to perform other types of dental work? Over-the-counter kits are tested for safety, but variations in instructions and timing could leave your teeth in danger. You might deal with lackluster results or even damage to your tooth enamel that leaves your teeth feeling sensitive. When you have your whitening done in an office by a trained professional, you can rest easy that the entire process will be safe from start to finish.
At-home teeth whitening kits are designed to give you temporary results. On average, based on the American Dental Association’s report, you can expect your results to last for 2 to 4 weeks. However, professional teeth whitening is designed for high-impact results that last a long time. In fact, your results could last for up to three years, providing that you maintain them properly and take great care of your teeth.
Another study, shared in General Dentistry, found that professional in-office teeth whitening can lighten teeth up to 3.5 shades lighter than products sold at convenience stores. Beyond your results lasting longer, you will also be able to access more lifting. This is particularly important if you have teeth that are very stained or if you are a coffee or tea drinker. In just a single visit, you’ll make a great investment in your smile for the short term and the long term.
Most professional teeth whitening solutions are more expensive upfront than over-the-counter options, but, in the long run, they are much less expensive. Because the results can last for longer, you will not need to worry about re-purchasing a whitening kit every 2 to 4 weeks to get the same results.
Additionally, you will have the reassurance that the entire process will be overseen by a dentist. If you accidentally leave the whitening solution on too long at home and damage your enamel or have uneven results, you will need to pay on top of that to see the dentist to have things corrected. Doing everything in the office keeps you safe and helps keep long term costs down.
Some people who could benefit from professional teeth whitening are concerned about the process because they have heard stories about sensitivity and pain in the past. When you visit our office for whitening, you don’t need to worry. We use safe solutions that keep you comfortable throughout the process, so you can rest easy. If you experience any discomfort, we will be there during your treatment to address the problem immediately. We can also help with your overall oral health to reduce your sensitivity.