Considering whitening your teeth? You’re not alone. Americans spend $1.4 billion every year on homewhitening kits: but which is better, a professional whitening or an at-home one? At-home teeth whitening kits can be dangerous, overused, and give you inaccurate whitening. Why is a professional teeth whitening always better?
Custom for You
When you buy at-home whitening kits for your teeth, these kits were not made with you in mind. They were made with the generic consumer in mind, meaning the trays (or strips) will likely be either too large or too small for your teeth. This could create an improper whitening, leaving some of your teeth looking white and others not-so-white. In addition to this, if you have crowns, veneers, implants, or another form of restorative dentistry, this will need to be evaluated by your dentist before the whitening process, as the at-home kits can impact the appearance of your teeth.
Your dentist is able to evaluate your teeth to ensure the whitening process will be successful. This means looking to see if your enamel is in good shape, if you have any prior dental work that should be considered, and make the bleaching agent custom for your teeth. The bleach used will also be stronger than the at-home kits, meaning you’ll get better results in a shorter period of time. At-home kits can take some time to work (at least ten to twenty days or longer in most cases), but a single visit to the dentist can get your teeth white in under two hours. This professional treatment is ideal for those looking to have their teeth whitened for an event such as a wedding. Having this type of professional supervision and treatment is not something that can be replicated with an at-home kit.
If used correctly, at-home kits pose a few risks, but overuse of these risks can lead to over-bleaching your teeth. Over time, this will wear down your enamel (the hard, protective layer over your teeth), make your teeth more sensitive, and cause permanent damage. The loss of enamel is irreversible; it doesn’t come back. Since the at-home kits were not made to fit your specific teeth, this means there’s more of a chance of gum irritation from the bleach. At-home whitening is even more dangerous if you haven’t been to a dentist in a while—there could be a problem with your mouth such as gum disease or tooth decay that would be irritated by the bleaching. A professional teeth whitening is always safer with your dentist. Don’t trust the “professional” label on the at-home kits to give you your perfect smile—there are risks for gum and tooth damage, as well as uneven whitening.
Professional teeth whitening trumps at-home kits every time. While at-home kits can be safe if used correctly, they’re not custom like a visit to your dentist would be, and they take more time. Visit your dentist for a professional teeth whitening, and be safe with your beautiful smile!