People consider getting their teeth whitened for a variety of reasons. Sometimes, it’s to build self-confidence, other times it’s just to have a whiter smile for a specific event or a major change in their life.
There’s no question that having your teeth whitened can make your smile truly shine, but with so many products on the market that allow you to whiten your teeth at home, is it worth it to go to the dentist to have it done professionally?
Whitening at Home – Is it Worth It?
About 80% of Americans aged 18-49 want whiter teeth, so it’s no wonder why at-home whitening products have become so popular. But, are they really worth it?
It’s hard to give a general ‘yes’ or ‘no’ answer since there are so many types of products and they all work differently. You might have great results with certain ones, and feel disappointed in others. But, there are a few factors to consider before you decide whether at-home whitening is right for you.
First, the most common types of at-home whitening products include:
- Tray whitening
- Paint-on whiteners
- Teeth-whitening strips
- Whitening toothpaste/mouthwash
As you might expect, some are more powerful than others. The advantages of at-home whiteners are that they are typically very safe and inexpensive, ranging anywhere from $20-$100 for each “treatment.”
Most of these products contain a small amount of peroxide. While that will help to whiten your teeth, it can take a long time to do it, and it may not whiten them as much as you’d like. Additionally, when you use things like trays or strips, you’re only whitening the teeth that are being touched. In many cases, that’s only the first few teeth in the front of your mouth.
Is Professional Whitening More Effective?
When you think about Heber City Utah teeth whitening, it’s our hope that you also think of Prince Dental Group. It’s important to talk to a dentist about teeth whitening possibilities, even if you’re considering doing it at home, to make sure you’re making a safe choice for your oral health.
Professional teeth whitening helps to whiten your whole smile and it can be tailored to fit your needs (especially if you have sensitive teeth). Professional whitening can either include trays to take home that you fill with a gel solution, or a process like Zoom whitening, where the procedure is done right in the office.
The biggest benefits of getting your teeth professionally whitened are that it will take less time, and you’ll likely end up with a brighter smile than you ever could using at-home products. Is it more of an investment? Yes, it can be. But, it’s an investment in your smile and your best tool in fighting against everyday staining culprits like coffee, tea, and wine. Plus, you can be assured that you’re doing something safe for your whole mouth.
If you just want to whiten your teeth a shade or two, and you don’t have a problem with it taking a few days or weeks, there’s nothing wrong with many ADA-approved whitening products. But, if you really want a brighter smile quickly, getting your teeth professionally whitened might be your best option.
If you’re in or around Midway, Utah and you have more questions about teeth whitening or what the best option might be for you, feel free to call Prince Dental Group for more information.