DIY vs. Professional Teeth Whitening

Dental care is something everyone can easily access nowadays. With the number of dental product types one can purchase, it is very easy to achieve a health mouth and teeth within the comfort of your home. That being said, a professional teeth whitening is the safest and most effective option.

 

What are do-it-yourself teeth whitening kits?

There are a lot of whitening kits that you can buy over-the-counter and are very easy to use. You must take into account that since these are general whitening products, they are not made suitable just for you. Therefore, their results aren’t as what you would expect at a dentist’s office.

•    Trays and Whitening Gels - The whitening gel is placed within the tray which you then wear over your teeth. This helps whiten your teeth at a fairly quick pace. Please note that since these trays are not exclusively made for your teeth, it may be uncomfortable to wear and even cause gum irritation.

•    Whitening Toothpaste - You use these just like how you would with normal toothpaste. However, using whitening toothpaste regularly may give you sensitive teeth. So, always consult your dentist first if the toothpaste you are using is suitable for you.

•    Whitening Rinse – This works just like mouthwash. You take a bit and swirl it around your mouth for a minute or two. Your teeth will whiten gradually with regular use.

 

How different is professional whitening treatment?

Teeth whitening that is done by professionals usually involves custom-made trays that fit just right. Since a dentist is performing the procedure, stronger whitening solutions are used. Dentists are also able to speed up the whitening process by utilizing a light or heat source, and the results are longer-lasting.

 

Conclusion

If you have healthy teeth and gums, over-the-counter kits would be a good option for you. Just make sure that you read instructions carefully, though. Moreover, it would be best to consult your dentist first, especially if you have rather sensitive teeth and dental problem history.  It is also highly recommended to visit your dentist regularly whether you use over-the-counter or professional-endorsed teeth whitening products.