Whiten Teeth at Home Vs. Teeth Whitening at the Dentist?

what teeth whitening solution is better?

Doctor Answers 11

Same Produced Result

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They both produce the same result. Zoom whitening is a two hour office visit, take home trays take one to two hours per day for 7-14 days. The dentist needs to evaluate initial tooth color, areas of enamel wear, and existing restorations to pick the correct form of whitening for each patient.

Chicago Dentist

The most important thing to look for in at-home kits is...

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The most important thing to look for in at-home kits is that they fit the size and shape of your teeth. Example, whitening strips are straight across and your teeth are scalloped. Make sure the at-home bleaching kits cover your whole tooth otherwise you will have two toned teeth or irritated gums.

Pia Lieb, DDS
Manhattan Dentist

In-office whitening is the fastest - Home whitening gets better results

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Lots of patients need great results fast - for weddings and other events.  In-office whitening is ideal for these patients.  On the other hand, 'professional strength' home whitening, with trays and gels, will get your teeth their whitest - but over a month or two.

Some patients start with in-office and continue their whitening at home, with the trays and gel.  This is the best and fastest option possible.

Greg Lutke, DDS
Plano Dentist

Combined teeth whitening methods is best

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Everyone would like things as quick and as easy as possible. That's why in office treatment was created. No homework involved, just come in and get it done.

While all treatments work, some work better and some last longer. I have found that the whitest result that lasted the longest is a combination of in office and take home products.

If you are looking for simply whit-ER, then just about anything will work. If you are looking for the whit-EST your own teeth can get, dentist assisted treatment is best.

Don't be tempted to buy kits over-the-counter or on the...

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Don't be tempted to buy kits over-the-counter or on the Internet. Not only are they not made to fit your mouth exactly, it may be that bleaching isn't suitable for you, especially if you have gum disease or crowns.

Mervyn Druian, BDS
London Dentist

No one said beauty is cheap or easy to get. We all have...

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No one said beauty is cheap or easy to get. We all have to work hard, but if you need to make your life easier, then using home bleaching kits from the drugstore can give you a flash of white teeth. Do not expect for this to last long.

Best results are accomplished with dentist prescribed whitening. Both in-office or at-home dentist prescribed whitening treatments will give you faster and longer-lasting results. If your teeth are healthy and somewhat white, you can get a boost from over-the-counter products, but again, they will not last long.

Avo Samuelian, DDS
Manhattan Dentist

Home teeth whitening works good

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The combination of both office and home whitening work good. If you use just home whitening on a regular schedule like once or twice a week, it would whiten your smile as well.

Bruce Vafa, DDS
Beverly Hills Dentist

Combination Approach

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We have found that combining a professional home whitening kit with some laser whitening achieves the best results. Well fitting and well made trays are crucial in ensuring a good result.

Gursh Bajwa, BDS
London Dentist

In-office whitening is best. Provides maximum whitening...

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In-office whitening is best. Provides maximum whitening with minimal effort, time and has the least sensitivity. Professionally supervision ensures effectiveness and safety.

Professional tooth whitening from a dentist is always...

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Professional tooth whitening from a dentist is always recommended. Your dentist can check for gum diseases, as well as loose fillings. He/she will be able to fit you for trays as well.

When using the over-the-counter bleachers, there is a chance your teeth may get over-bleached. The reason I designed a whitening system (SuperSmile) was because I wanted to make sure there wasn’t a chance for over-bleaching or sensitivity. The product can work on crowns, veneers, and natural teeth, as well as dentures.

These answers are for educational purposes and should not be relied upon as a substitute for medical advice you may receive from your physician. If you have a medical emergency, please call 911. These answers do not constitute or initiate a patient/doctor relationship.