Tray-Based Tooth Whiteners
At Home Whitening vs. Dentist-Supervised Teeth Whitening
While the many teeth whitening products available at your local pharmacy offer a certain degree of convenience, they are not likely to offer you to the results you are hoping to achieve. In order to see whiter teeth quickly, it may be necessary to see your dentist and discuss your options. There are big differences in the products you can buy at the store and those procedures done at the dentists’ office, including:
1. Strength of bleaching agent
Over the counter and dentist-supervised at-home products usually contain a lower strength bleaching agent. Usually, these products will have only 10% to 22% carbamide peroxide (whitening agent) compared to 15% to %43% carbamide peroxide in whitening products professionally applied at the dentists’ office.
2. Ill-fitting mouthpiece trays
Dentist-supervised at-home whitening trays are made using an impression of your mouth. Each tray is custom made to fit your mouth exactly. This customization allows the whitening gel maximum contact with your teeth. However, over-the-counter tray whiteners use a “one-size-fits-all” approach. The trays are not designed to fit your mouth exactly. Too large or too small of a tray can cause gum and soft tissue irritation and the whitening gels won’t whiten teeth evenly.
3. Additional Protective Measures
Some whitening products can be irritating to the gums and soft tissues. At home whitening treatments do not take measures to protect these tissues from irritation. In a dental office, your dentist will apply protective gels to the gums and soft tissues or use a rubber shield to protect your mouth from the effects of bleaching.
4. Best Treatment Plan
Over-the-counter whitening treatments are not designed to work for your specific needs. In a dentists office, your dentist will perform a complete oral exam to determine if whitening is the best course of action for your case and what type of whitening treatment will best fix the discoloration of your teeth.
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