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Cosmetic dentistry is an option for those that want to improve the appearance of their teeth and there are a few dental procedures available for this. Using teeth whitening products is something that many consider to make their teeth brighter and remove stains. Those that choose to do this will generally need to consider whether to carry out teeth whitening at home or to visit a dentist for professional procedures.

Options

Depending on whether you opt for teeth whitening at home or professional procedures at a dental practice there are various options available. There are a few different home use teeth whitening products available, with some of the options including whitening strips, whitening pens and teeth whitening trays. These are typically store-bought products that can be used without the need to seek the advice or assistance of a dentist. However in some cases, custom fit products such as whitening trays can be produced by a dental practice for use by a patient at home. If you decide on the use of dental in-office whitening procedures, one of the most common options available is laser bleaching. This uses a laser light in conjunction with a bleaching gel to whiten the teeth. Other options can include the fitting of dental veneers which, rather than whitening the natural teeth, are a thin cosmetic overlay fitted over the top of the natural teeth to provide the appearance of whiter teeth.

Cost

Typically, the cost involve in teeth whitening at home will be much more affordable than opting for professional procedures. Costs for many of the store-bought teeth whitening products which are designed for home use are less than $100, with some being under $50 to purchase. This relatively affordable cost can be an attraction for many people to choose home use teeth whitening products. The cost of professional in-office procedures on the other hand can be up to and in excess of $1,000 to complete. The final price paid can vary from dentist to dentist and where you live can also typically influence the cost. However, in comparison to home treatments, professional teeth whitening procedures can be much more expensive to have done

Likely Results

Both teeth whitening at home and professional procedures can produce decent results in terms of removing stains and whitening the teeth. However, professional procedures can produce better results simply because the work is carried out by a dentist who is trained in properly carrying out the technique. In-office professional procedures are also custom fitted to the teeth of the patient and this can mean that better finished results will be achieved. Home procedures rely on the user reading the instructions carefully and applying the product in the correct manner. If they do not do so, this will obviously reduce the effectiveness of the product. Also, for a number of the products, such as whitening trays, the equipment is designed for an average mouth as opposed to being custom fitted to the user’s teeth. If the product does not fit well it may not be so effective in achieving good results.

Speed of Results

Typically opting for professional procedures will result in having whiter teeth quicker than home use products. Home use products typically use weaker bleaching solution which, although safer to use, takes a longer period of time to work. Bleach used at the dentist can be stronger and the results can be completed in one or two visits. The fitting of veneers can also be carried out and completed in a couple of visits and using professional procedures can typically result in whiter teeth being achieved in a shorter period of time.

Convenience

Convenience can be a factor for those deciding on whether to use teeth whitening at home or professional dental procedures. Using a home based treatment typically means it can be fitted much more easily into your normal daily routine and many people prefer it for this reason. However the treatment will typically take longer to complete. If you want to have the work done quicker and can take time out of your daily schedule to visit a dentist’s office, then this can be a more appropriate solution. There are pros and cons to both options, with an individuals circumstances generally dictating which is best for them.

Having whiter teeth can work to improve self confidence and make someone feel better about their looks. Teeth whitening is therefore a cosmetic dental technique that many people consider. The options for this include both teeth whitening at home and professional procedures. The information above provides details of a few factors which can influence the decision of which is the best option to choose for a particular individual.

 

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