If you want to whiten your teeth quickly and pain-free, see the dentist. However, if you want a gradual whitening process that may cause minor tooth sensitivity, whitening at home might be a good option for you.
Dr. Chavez, a dentist in Provo, recommends looking at the hydrogen peroxide content when choosing a home whitening kit. The higher the percentage, the faster the whitening will occur. Over-the-counter whitening kits will contain anywhere from 1-14% hydrogen peroxide content. Anything above that you can get from your dentist.
Strips or Gel?
Whitening strips and gel work the same way if they have the same content of hydrogen peroxide. Strips are better if you don’t want the hassle of wearing a rubbery tray. However, the gel works better for patients who already have a tray that fits to their mouth, like a night guard or sports mouth guard.
What to Do if You Experience Sensitivity or Tooth Pain
With higher concentration levels of hydrogen peroxide, you are more likely to experience tooth sensitivity or even sharp pain. If you notice your teeth becoming more senesitive as you whiten, start using sensitive toothpaste to reduce the pain. Sometimes patients report sharp pain in their teeth after or during whitening. If this happens to you, remove the strip or tray immediately. If the sharp pain persists, consult a health professional.
Professional or At-Home Whitening?
Ultimately, it depends on how fast you need to brighten your smile. If you are getting married, starting a new job, or in any kind of hurry to whiten your teeth, talk to your dentist. However, if you don’t mind patiently waiting for gradual improvements in your smile, at-home whitening works just as well (it just takes longer).
At home whitening kits generally cost the same or more than professional whitening kits simply because they are more convenient. Additionally, most dentists offer free whitening for life when you get a fitted tray at their office. Consult with your dentist to find out if he offers any specials or free whitening deals for patients. It may take scheduling an appointment, but you need one of those every 6 months anyway.
If you are interested in professional whitening solutions for a speedy smile enhancement, call and schedule an appointment with any Platinum Dental Utah dentist. We specialize in brightening smiles from the inside out.
Dr. Crozier is a dentist in Layton . He loves his wife, kids, and patients (in that order). If you are looking for a cosmetic dentist or just, “a dentist near me,” Dr. Cozier is a dentist in Utah with a passion for making people confident in their smile. At Platinum Dental Care, we think Dr. Cozier is the best dentist in Utah, but we think that of all our dentists.