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At home whitening kits compared to professional whitening treatment

February 27, 2022
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Have you wondered if you should choose an at-home teeth whitening treatment or go to a professional? Today we will discuss both options to find out which is best for you. While many people prefer at-home teeth whitening, it does not have all the benefits that a professional can provide. Let’s find out how.

At-home teeth whitening

Before using any at-home teeth whitening treatment, you should ensure that it is FDA-approved. A non-approved product can have harmful chemicals which will harm your teeth, gums, and enamel. If you want to use at-home teeth whitening treatments, you should first consult a dentist and ask for recommendations. Using any over-the-counter teeth whitening treatment can be very dangerous for your dental health. Use an at-home kit only if your dentist permits.

There are many disadvantages to at-home teeth whitening. First, you never get the desired results. Home treatments usually whiten the surface of the teeth without any deep cleaning. As a result, you need to keep using them frequently to get a long-lasting effect. However, excessive use can decay your enamel and trigger tooth sensitivity.

On top of that, it can be disastrous if you have underlying dental issues that you are unaware of. As a general rule of thumb, you may use an at-home whitening kit if there is no other option. Even in those cases, you should never overdo its use.

Professional teeth whitening treatments

There is no alternative to getting your whitening treatment straight from a licensed dentist. They have years of experience in the field and know which options work for different people. Dentists do not use a single formulation for all patients, unlike home treatments. Depending on your overall dental health, a dentist may go for one of the many whitening procedures.

The difference in results between at-home and professional treatment is stark. Home teeth whitening solutions do not have any lasting effect. Professional teeth whitening involves deep cleaning of teeth for a long-lasting result. You do not have to keep doing it to get lasting results. It also means that you end up saving a lot of time. When you go for a professional solution, it is a one-time visit, and you are good to go for months. With home teeth whitening kits, the frequency of use is much higher. You end up spending a lot of time and money on a treatment that is not even effective.

At-home teeth whitening vs. professional teeth whitening

If we compare professional skin whitening with home treatments, professional treatment wins by a considerable margin. Apart from convenience, there is no other metric where at-home treatments win. We always recommend going to a professional for all dental issues. Your teeth are precious, and no one should meddle with them without proper knowledge and experience.

While at-home teeth whitening is a popular choice for many people, it is usually ineffective in the long run. It is way smarter to let a professional dentist do their work and get long-lasting, safe results. For this purpose, cosmetic dentistry works very well.

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Lamine Diallo
Lamine Diallo
02:21 15 Jun 22
My family and I have been receiving care from Dr. Ashraf and his amazing team since we first moved to Waterloo in 2002. His assessment skills are spot on, he is gentle and is very skilled at working with anxious\nervous patients. My dental hygienist is Lin who is very knowledgeable, and passionate about her work. She is amazingly gentle yet very,very thorough when it comes to preventative dental care. She is didactic as well, taking the time to teach patients how to use certain equipment as well as addressing gingivitis in pro-active ways. We are in very capable hands.
Trisa Kapetaneas
Trisa Kapetaneas
18:12 01 Jun 22
I have been a patient here for over 2 years now and I've always enjoyed the experience. The staff are professional and have always made me feel comfortable. I recently had a cleaning done by Lynn for the first time and she was amazing! Will continue to visit for my checkups/cleanings.
Aamir Mirza
Aamir Mirza
14:54 03 May 22
Dr. Ashraf and his team is amazing. All work done under one umbrella for entire family. We all are very happy to be under the care for the last 20 plus years. Lin, dental hygienist is remarkable professional. She knows her job so well that I look forward to my cleaning every time I'm scheduled. Thank you Lin for your amazing work for my entire family!
Alena Delena
Alena Delena
14:50 02 May 22
My family loves Dr Ashraf. We've been through many dentists in many cities and he's by far our favourite one. He's always thorough and professional. His referrals are also of equal high caliber. I went to him for a root canal and a crown. I had many concerns and he addressed them all personally. He even went so far as to redo a root canal for me. Recommend.
Nicole Wood
Nicole Wood
15:31 28 Apr 22
I found Ashraf Dentistry a year ago and I absolutely love their dental clinic. Everyone is very kind and thorough. Lin is the best dental hygienist I've ever had! She takes the time to ensure I receive the care I need. Both dentists I've seen have also been very kind and wonderful at making me feel like my teeth are being taken care of. Highly recommend!
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