If you want whiter teeth, you typically have two options: going to the dentist for a professional teeth-whitening procedure, or buying over-the-counter kits and doing teeth whitening at home. So, which is better?

Let’s take a closer look.

At-Home Teeth Whitening

Over-the-counter or dentist-dispensed at-home teeth whitening kits have a lower concentration of whitening agent peroxide, which you then apply on your teeth over an extended period. The result is gradual whitening. However, tooth sensitivity can be a long-term problem, especially if your teeth and gums are already not in tip-top shape. This is because your teeth and gums will get even more irritated. Otherwise, you can enjoy the convenience and portability of DIY whitening kits.

In-Office Teeth Whitening

The big benefit of in-office teeth whitening, or professional bleaching, is that you can go to your dentist over lunch time and walk out with dazzling pearly whites just in time to resume work.

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The treatment is pretty much quick and painless, although you may feel some sensitivity afterwards. This, however, will subside within 24 hours, but the pay-off is instantly whiter teeth that will last a long time, with proper care.

The Verdict

In the end, if you’re looking for immediate results, in-office teeth whitening is a good choice. At-home whitening can also be a good follow-up treatment. On the other hand, if you are using whitening kits as a stand-alone whitening treatment, continuous and proper use is necessary to achieve that sparkling white teeth without the risks of damage and sensitivity.

Contact your nearest dentist to find out which teeth whitening treatment is best for you.