Take-Home Whitening vs. In-Office Whitening: Which Is Best?

8 Oct 2020 by  admin in Whitening

Beautiful pearly whitesYou’ve undoubtedly seen over-the-counter (OTC) teeth whitening products at your local drugstore. Unfortunately, these OTC products aren’t strong enough to produce impactful results. Furthermore, they aren’t customized to meet your needs and protect your sensitive gum tissue. Professional teeth whitening treatments are always preferable. When you visit a cosmetic dentist, you’ll have the option of having an in-office whitening treatment or taking home a customized whitening kit to use at your convenience. This begs the question: Which option is better?

The benefits of in-office teeth whitening

The main advantage of choosing in-office whitening (often called chairside whitening) is time. It only takes about an hour or less to whiten your teeth in the office. By the time you leave, you’ll enjoy a brilliantly white smile that is a few shades brighter than when you arrived. One of the reasons why an in-office appointment is so quick and effective is that your dentist has access to a special laser. The light activates the whitening ingredients, making them work more quickly and effectively.

Plus, with in-office teeth whitening, you can rest assured that the dentist will take every precaution to protect your gum tissue. Cosmetic dentists use whitening agents that are far stronger than those available over the counter. Yet, the risk of irritation to the gums is minimal, given that the dentist has the necessary skills and experience to apply the whitening agent properly.

The benefits of take-home teeth whitening kits

For many people, take-home teeth whitening kits are preferable. These kits aren’t like OTC products. Professional whitening kits include whitening agents of a potent concentration that is unavailable elsewhere. This enables you to get a Hollywood smile in the comfort of your own home.

You’ll have the ability to whiten your teeth on your schedule. While you’re waiting for the trays to do their work, you can feel free to read, browse online, or do household tasks. It typically takes just 30 minutes per day for up to 10 days to whiten your teeth professionally at home. Furthermore, your cosmetic dentist will provide customized whitening trays that fit your unique smile. This protects your gum tissues and helps the whitening agent work more effectively.

A take-home teeth whitening kit provides predictable, consistent results for the beautiful smile you’ve always wanted. And because you’ll whiten your teeth a little bit more each day that you use it, your gradual results will seem completely natural to your friends and co-workers.

Contact us at Long Island Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry for teeth whitening

We’re pleased to provide customized cosmetic dentistry solutions that are right for every patient. We offer both in-office teeth whitening and take-home whitening kits. In addition to teeth whitening, our cosmetic dentists in Huntington, LI, provide a full suite of smile makeover solutions, including dental veneers, implants, and Invisalign. Get in touch today to request a consultation.

Please note that we are currently open to all appointments, including cosmetic treatments. Our entire staff is taking strict precautions to protect your health and safety during the pandemic. Please feel free to reach out with any questions or concerns.


Additional Resources

  1. Mouth Healthy, Whitening: 5 Things to Know About Getting a Brighter Smile, https://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/az-topics/w/whitening 
  2. Healthline, What Can Cause Tooth Discoloration and Stains? https://www.healthline.com/health/tooth-discoloration



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