Teeth Whitening: At Home or At the Dentist?

Feb 25, 2019

When you talk or smile, you are mindful not to open your mouth too widely because your teeth are more yellow than white and it makes you self-conscious. The only way to regain your confidence is to whiten them but you are torn between visiting the dentist or whitening at home by yourself. This should help:


Whitening at home

There are plenty of options available to people that want to whiten their teeth at home: whitening gels & strips, drugstore trays and so on. A mixture of hydrogen peroxide and baking soda will also do the trick. When you whiten at home, however, the best result you can get is 2-5 shades more whiteness.

In return, you have to be careful not to use a high concentration of peroxide. Also, if you let the peroxide stay too long in your mouth, you may suffer from tooth sensitivity. Furthermore, when using a mixture that includes baking soda, remember not to use too much; excess soda scrubs enamel out of your teeth (very bad!).


Whitening at the dentist

For a quick, professional, and safe teeth whitening, the dentist is your best bet. They use better chemicals and since they already know the perfect quantity to use—and how long it should stay in the mouth—there is no fear of harming your gums or teeth. Also, one visit to the dentist will make your teeth 5-8 shades whiter, so you don’t have to wait for long before seeing results.

Another advantage of visiting the dentist is: if they notice that your teeth (or gums) are too sensitive for certain chemicals, they can prepare a custom-made whitening tray for you to use at home.


Whitening at the dentist’s office is the safer and more effective option. If you are trying to save money by whitening at home, you may end up spending more if you hurt your teeth or gums in the process.

For professional teeth whitening, please contact us at Spring Cypress Dental. Let us help you regain your smile and your confidence!


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