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Get Enlightened About Your Teeth Whitening Options

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When choosing how to whiten teeth, you must first decide whether you prefer professional teeth whitening or one of several at-home options. It all depends on the final degree of whiteness you want, the time you have for treatment, the safety of the process, and how much a whiter smile is worth to you.

At-Home vs. Professional Teeth Whitening

Discover the many differences in teeth whitening at the dentist’s office compared to treatment at home:

Better Bleaching Power

The final whiteness of teeth will be determined by the strength of the substance being used to bleach them. Professional teeth whitening uses advanced whitening products with hydrogen peroxide levels from 15% to 43%. Compare this to at-home whitening options, which don’t contain the strength of hydrogen peroxide, but instead include a lower-strength bleaching agent that is only equivalent to around 3% hydrogen peroxide.

The Matter of Mouthpiece Trays

Your mouthpiece matters in the whitening process because a better fit means better function. In professional teeth whitening, trays are customized to your teeth to increase the contact of the bleaching agent for maximum effectiveness and reduce the risk of it harming the gums. They are also constantly checked for fit and comfort. At-home teeth whitening products take a one-size-fits-all approach, so a poorly fitting tray can lower the overall bleaching coverage and raise the risk of irritation.

More Protection for Maximum Safety

If you’re wondering how to whiten teeth in the safest possible way, then professional teeth whitening is the way you want to whiten. Dentists take many safety measures to protect your dental and personal health. Along with first performing oral exams to see if bleaching is safe for you, dentists customize treatment trays to ensure proper fit, as well as continually check for irritation and constantly monitor whitening progress. With at-home products, you’re at your own risk.

The Price of a Better Smile

Over-the-counter methods are less expensive options because they offer you lesser degrees of strength, speed, and safety. Professional teeth whitening costs more since it gives you more whitening power and protection.

The Last Word on the Lasting Effects of Teeth Whitening

Unfortunately, whitening won’t last forever. The bright, beautiful smile seen moments after the whitening is complete can begin to fade in just weeks from exposure to dark foods and beverages. Yet avoiding these staining substances can allow you to wait for over a year until it’s time for another treatment.

To get the dental care you deserve from an affordable dentist in Mishawaka, call The Dental Center of Mishawaka today at (574) 285-0460 or make an appointment.

The Dental Center offers affordable family dentistry and gentle, compassionate dental care in Mishawaka. With 4 affiliated practices throughout Indiana, our offices are conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. At The Dental Center of Mishawaka, we provide most dental services, from basic preventative care and general dentistry to specialized procedures and complete dental reconstruction. We accept most dental insurance plans and offer affordable financial solutions for any budget. Patient satisfaction is our top priority and we strive to provide the exceptional, affordable dental care and personal touch that lead to lasting relationships. A smiling patient is our greatest reward and we look forward to keeping those smiles healthy, beautiful, and bright. Discover an affordable dentist who truly cares at The Dental Center of Mishawaka.

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