Professional teeth whitening, meaning the type provided by dentists, is known to produce the best results. Not only does it give you dramatically whiter teeth, it is safe on tooth enamel.
Although this may be true, the biggest reason people forgo professional whitening treatment or purchase lower quality products in stores is the price. But there’s an important factor to consider when it comes to the cost of whitening products: how long do the results last? Here’s what you should know.
What is Professional Teeth Whitening?
Professional teeth whitening is prescription strength teeth whitening that is only available from your dentist. The reason is that it should only be used with permission and supervision of a dentist. Although it is safe for most patients, it is still important to have your teeth evaluated by a dentist to ensure that teeth whitening is a safe option for your teeth. It also prevents you from wasting money on a product that may not be effective for you.
Types of Professional Teeth Whitening
Professional teeth whitening comes in two main types:
- In-office treatment. Your dentist can apply teeth whitening treatment to your teeth in the office using a special light to accelerate the whitening process. This option includes protection for your gums in either a gel or rubber guard. In-office treatment offers the most dramatic results in a single treatment. The shade of white is controlled to help you achieve natural results.
- At-home treatment. Your dentist can provide you with a whitening kit to use at home. It includes a custom made tray that fits your teeth and allows you to apply an even distribution of the whitening agent. You can control how long and how often you apply the treatment to achieve your desired results. Average at-home treatment time is about 2 weeks.
How Long Will My Results Last?
The results of in-office whitening treatment may last anywhere from 1-3 years. The results of at-home treatment may last 9-12 months. You can prolong your results by avoiding teeth-staining foods and beverages and by using a touch-up kit between treatments. It also helps to practice good oral hygiene habits at home (brushing twice a day and flossing once a day) and going to the dentist every 6 months for professional teeth cleaning.
The Truth About Store Bought Whitening Products
You may think you’re saving money with store bought products, but how often do you have to buy them to keep your teeth looking white? This is where the cost can really add up. When you purchase whitening strips or wands you may get noticeable results, but your teeth will not be as white as they would be after professional treatment. Your results may only last a few months, and then you’ll need to purchase more and repeat the process.
You will quickly find that one professional treatment that lasts for years will save you money in the long run. And you only have to spend a few minutes in the dental chair to achieve results. Professional teeth whitening is easy and effective.
Ask About Professional Teeth Whitening Today
Jacobs and Thatcher Dentistry provides professional teeth whitening treatment for eligible patients. After a brief evaluation we can determine if whitening treatment is a safe and effective option for you.
Frequently Asked Questions About Teeth Whitening
Will whitening treatment make my teeth sensitive?
Sensitivity is a common side effect of teeth whitening treatment, but it is typically mild and manageable. Tooth sensitivity will typically subside a few weeks after treatment, but it can help to use toothpaste that is made for sensitive teeth. We can prescribe a sensitive toothpaste if needed.
What is the active ingredient in professional whitening treatment?
Professional whitening treatments contain carbamide peroxide. It is strong but gentle for effective results that won’t damage your teeth. Store bought products typically contain hydrogen peroxide, which is not as strong.