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Brighter Smiles Ahead: At-Home Versus In-Office Whitening



Not everyone’s smile as bright as they would like it to be, and most times, a brighter smile cannot be obtained simply by brushing and flossing. Having a less-than-vibrant smile can be embarrassing, but contrary to popular belief, it does not mean you do not have healthy teeth. Much of the discoloration that occurs with our smiles come from the foods and beverages we consume, as well as other habits such as smoking. You do not have to live with your yellowed smile because there are teeth whitening options that can fit any needs and budget.

A Quick Statement

When it comes to at-home whitening options, many people opt for the ease and swiftness of whitening strips or brush-on gels. We do not all have time to spend hours on a whiter smile, and frankly, the strips are generally the cheapest option. This is not the longest-lasting option, WebMD explains that whitening with strips or brush-on gel lasts generally about four months, but results can be seen within a few days.

For a more effective at-home option, many dental professionals suggest using tray whitening systems. While you may need to invest more time into the whitening process (whether wearing it for a few hours in a row or setting aside time each day), the results are generally better and longer-lasting than the strips.

Which at-home option is right for you? Women’s Health suggests the following:

–          Easiest strips to use – Rembrandt Whitening Strips

–          Portable whitening – Listerine Whitening Pen

–          Dramatic change – GoSmile Advances Formula B1 ampoules

–          Shortest time – Aquafresh White Trays (wear 30-45 minutes per day)

Making a Big Impact

For the absolute quickest way to brighten your teeth, bleaching provided by a dental professional is the best option. Not only is it quick—with individual treatments lasting between 30 and 60 minutes—it is a longer-lasting option than at-home treatments. WebMD explains that several in-office treatments will have the biggest impact, but following your very first visit, you will be able to notice results.

Keeping Them White

As with all whitening options, in order to get the longest-lasting impact, you will need to make some alterations to your eating and drinking habits. Following whitening, avoid foods and drinks known to stain teeth such as coffee and red sauces for at least a week, and whenever possible, drink dark, staining beverages through a straw.

When it comes to maintaining the best smile, teeth whitening can be a great solution to the stains caused by daily life. Weigh your choices, including your budget, and see which whitening option is best for you.