Home teeth whitening products are available in stores, but how do they compare to in-office teeth whitening from your dentist? Let’s look at how these services compare to each other.
Teeth whitening is a popular cosmetic dental treatment that can be performed at home and in our office in Nampa. While specific ingredients may differ, products designed for home whitening typically contain hydrogen or carbamide peroxide, which helps lift surface stains from tooth enamel.
When whitening your teeth at home, it’s important to follow all provided instructions to ensure the safe application of the product and to reduce the chance of possible side effects.
HOME WHITENING PRODUCTS FOR TEETH
At-home teeth whitening generally falls into the two categories of over-the-counter products and dentist-supervised treatments in which patients use dental-grade home whitening products. Over-the-counter whitening products contain lower levels of peroxide when compared to at-home dentist-supervised products. Common over-the-counter and dentist-supervised products include:
At-home whitening treatments can eliminate surface stains and lighten the tooth surface by several shades. It’s important to note that at-home whitening treatments may not effectively remove deeply-set stains beneath the enamel and stains or discoloration caused by medications such as the antibiotic tetracycline.
If your teeth have deep-set stains or severe discoloration, it’s best to consult with Clearwater Dental before using an over-the-counter whitening product. Peroxide can cause tooth sensitivity and gum irritation in certain individuals, so it’s imperative to follow all provided instructions to ensure the bleaching agent doesn’t absorb into the gum line. If irritation or sensitivity occurs, discontinue use and consult with the dental team at Clearwater Dental.
At-home tooth-whitening treatments enhance your overall appearance by eliminating stains and lightening yellow or slightly discolored teeth. By using home whitening products as directed, maintaining a consistent oral hygiene routine, and scheduling regular check-ups with us at Clearwater Dental, you can enjoy the benefits of a bright and healthy smile.
If you have questions or concerns about whitening your teeth, we recommend scheduling an appointment with our Nampa team to discuss the best options for you.