While buying an over-the-counter home whitening kits are on average less expensive than booking a chairside treatment, professional whitening is much safer and successful. Home whitening kits tend to burn gums and temporarily bleach gums if left on for too long and if gums are not properly protected. Also, each whitening kit brand has a different concentrate level of whitening gel. Some may be stronger and require less time than others.
At Beverly Hills Dentistry, we use a stronger whitening gel concentrate than home kit whitening gels. This means that the process of whitening will take much less time.When a professional such as our Beverly Hills Dentist whitens your teeth, a buffer gel is utilized to protect the your gums as well as tooth enamel from any damage such as burns or bleaching. We highly recommended the use of a buffer gel to protect teeth from to protect any sensitivity the whitening agent may cause in the inside of your mouth or gums. The buffer gel also protects teeth from potential wear down. Chairside whitening really is the most efficient way to brighten your smile. Best of all, professional whitening from Beverly Hills Dentistry can be done in just one appointment.
HOW WHITENING WORKS
Teeth whitening products, whether in the form of gels or strips, work by using a class of chemicals called peroxides, including hydrogen peroxide and carbamide peroxide. These substances contain volatile oxygen molecules, which, when they touch your teeth, dissolve the chemical bonds that hold stains onto enamel. The stains fade away, leaving your teeth looking bright white.
Off-the-shelf DIY teeth whitening kits also use peroxides to do their work. However, the amount can vary greatly, from a small amount to ensure that you don’t damage your teeth to an overdose that can weaken your enamel. This is why it’s best to get whitening done in a dental office, so we can use just the right amount of peroxides to achieve the shade you want.
Everyone experiences the teeth whitening treatment differently. Not all patients experience pain after a teeth whitening session. However, for individuals who do experience sensitivity, the discomfort usually subsides within 24 hours. If you are prone to tooth sensitivity or have sensitivity concerns, please speak to your dentist before beginning a teeth whitening session.
WORTH THE COST DIFFERENCE?
Each whitening treatment provides dramatically different results. The decision on whether cost is worth the treatment really depends on what your personal smile desires are. Home whitening kits usually can only whiten one to two shades at most. To achieve this, multiple applications are required over the duration of an average of 2-4 weeks. The downside to this treatment is that it may not give you the smile shade you truly desire. Teeth can become sensitive depending on the strength of the whitening gel’s main active ingredient — hydrogen peroxide — and the duration of application time. This is a problem since home whitening kits can contain unpredictable levels of peroxide.
A chairside whitening session done by your dentist can help you achieve the glow of a pearly white smile in as little as one to two hours! A major benefit to getting teeth whitened at Beverly Hills Dentistry is knowing your gums and tooth enamel will be protected! Our Beverly Hills dentist will ensure your gums do not burn, your enamel remains damage free and that any sensitivity experienced afterwards is immediately addressed. Visit us whether you live in Thousand Oaks, Beverly Hills, Santa Monica, or anywhere in the Los Angeles area.
How does teeth whitening work?
Why should I get teeth whitening at the dentist’s office rather than use a home whitening kit?
There are a number of reasons why in-office teeth whitening is superior. Home whitening kits use a weaker whitening solution than professional dentists do. At home, you’ll need to apply the whitening gel multiple times over the course of 2-4 weeks, while at the office, you can get the whole process done in 1-2 hours.
Also, in the office we use a buffer gel to protect your gums and tooth enamel from burns or bleaching. At home without a buffer gel, your teeth will be vulnerable to damage and you may experience more pain and sensitivity.
Is teeth whitening permanent?
Fortunately, teeth whitening can be repeated as many times as necessary. If your teeth are losing their pearly sheen, feel free to come back to the office for another session.