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In-office teeth whitening vs at-home whitening

Can’t start the day without a cup o’ joe? Having trouble kicking the nicotine habit for good? Look forward to a glass of wine with friends? These are all enjoyable habits, but they also wreak havoc on the whiteness of our teeth, along with aging, genetics, and certain medications.

If you are unhappy with your stained, discolored teeth, you’re probably wondering about the best way to whiten and brighten your smile. With so many choices, it can be confusing without the right information to guide you.

At-Home Whitening or In-Office Laser Whitening?

Whitening your teeth at home involves a variety of over-the-counter products, such as whitening strips, brush on whiteners, and special toothpastes. Bleaching trays filled with a special gel that fit over your teeth are also available.

While at-home solutions can be less costly and more convenient than in-office laser whitening, they are also messy, time consuming and less effective than laser bleaching. In fact, deep stains may not whiten at all.

Laser whitening performed in your dentist’s office is generally more costly, but the instant, same day results and long lasting whiteness makes the cost well worth it. Additionally, your dentist will provide you with a custom fitted bleaching tray and gel to use at home, more effective than one-size-fits-all, over-the-counter bleaching trays. And, finally, for those really tough stains that cannot be whitened, your cosmetic dentist can suggest other treatments, such as:

To learn more about the Zoom! teeth whitening system, please contact Rochester Advanced Dentistry in Rochester, Michigan to schedule your private, free consultation with Dr. Jeffrey Haddad and Dr. Kurt Doolin.

By |June 12th, 2009|Uncategorized|