You have a special occasion coming up in a few weeks and you’re putting together the final touches of your outfit together. You look at yourself in the mirror and notice that the years of drinking your morning cup of coffee is catching up to your smile. Your pearly whites are no longer as bright as they use to be.
Now you’re wondering if you should try those at home whitening or bite the bullet and try the in-office professional teeth whitening by your dentist.
Disadvantages of At-Home Teeth Whitening
While at-home teeth whitening kits come in a variety of forms and are the less expensive alternative to in-office teeth whitening, they have significant disadvantages that may not be worth their reduced costs. While teeth whitening mouthwash and toothpaste can be considered at-tome teeth whitening treatments, most people turn to teeth whitening kits to do the job. The most common forms of teeth whitening kits include those with bleaching trays or adhesive bleaching strips you apply onto your teeth. The biggest disadvantages of teeth whitening kits include:
At-home teeth whitening kits take significantly longer than in-office professional teeth whitening at a dentist office. This is mainly because the concentration of the bleaching agents in at-home whitening kits are less than that which is used at a dental office under the supervision of a dentist. At-home teeth whitening kits also lack the specialized lights and lasers that only dental professionals can use that accelerates the activity of the bleaching agents and, therefore, the overall teeth whitening process.
Though at-home kits claim to be easy to use and apply, most still require some know-how for proper application. Only a dentist can get to those hard-to-reach places and properly apply the bleaching agent.
At-home teeth whitening kits in general take longer to apply and see results. They are best for those who aren’t in a hurry to get a whiter smile.
Not as Effective
As with many things in life, you get what you pay for. Teeth whitening is no different. At-home teeth whitening kits are cheap because they take longer to produce results and they aren’t as effective as in-office teeth whitening. They tend to whiten the surface of the teeth which makes for short-lived results. At in-office teeth whitening, the bleaching agent is able to penetrate deeper levels of the tooth enamel and a higher concentration of bleaching agent is used. The activity of the bleaching agent is enhanced with the light of lasers.
How Do Dentists Whiten Your Teeth?
Typical in-office dental teeth whitening, also referred to as “chairside bleaching” involves the dentist using a highly potent bleaching agent which may be accompanied by the use of a light or laser to accelerate the activity of the bleaching agent. Usually, the dentist will first apply a protective gel on your gums to protect them from uncomfortable and potentially damaging effects of the bleaching agent. An in-office teeth whitening procedure requires only one office visit.
The Kor Whitening System
At LeDowns Dentistry as well as a few, select dentist offices across the United States, the Kor Whitening System is used as an alternative to traditional in-office whitening. This form of in-office whitening doesn’t use lights or lasers and is more effective. It produces less uncomfortable side effects which makes it a great option for patients with sensitive teeth and gums.
The Kor Whitening System uses bleaching gel that is significantly more resistant to saliva and its whitening effect. The gel is put into trays that your feet fit snuggly into. More information about the Kor Whitening System can be found on their website.
If you want quick, effective in-office teeth whitening that won’t cause irritation, contact us. The Kor Whitening System may be the best whitening system for you. At LeDowns Dentistry we want you to have the healthiest, brightest smile possible whether that be for an upcoming special event or for the everyday.