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Differences Between At-Home Teeth Whitening and Professional Teeth Whitening

It’s no secret that most people want picture-perfect, white teeth. As more at-home teeth whitening products emerge, you may be debating whether to whiten your teeth at home or stop by a dental clinic for professional teeth whitening. Teeth whitening is undeniably the most popular form of cosmetic dentistry. With that comes a myriad of treatment options; however, not all are viable and to be trusted. That can make this selection process a tad more complicated.

Town Crest Dental makes it easy. We’ve broken down the differences between at-home teeth whitening and professional dental teeth whitening in this article.

At-Home Teeth Whitening

Whitening your teeth at home is an alternative to professional teeth whitening. Most at-home teeth whitening products can be purchased over the counter at drugstores or supermarkets. Most at-home teeth whitening products have a reduced concentration of hydrogen peroxide. This means that most of the whitening products do not offer the same degree of shade variations that professional whitening treatments offer. If you’re seeking a slight whitening treatment, at-home whitening may be more suitable for you.

Most at-home whitening solutions include teeth whitening strips, whitening trays and LED whitening pens. Virtually anyone can whiten their own teeth, but that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s the most viable choice. Most at-home whitening treatments make shades about two to seven shades lighter, which likely does not make a significant difference. It will take much longer and more treatments to achieve the white shade you desire.

Professional Dental Whitening

Professional teeth whitening takes place at a dental clinic using the Zoom! whitening system. Our Fort Sask dental clinic is operated by trained dental hygienists who administer whitening treatment with safe, reliable and viable results. Professional teeth whitening delivers more visible, long-term results as the whitening treatment has a higher concentration of bleaching gels in it. Our cosmetic whitening treatments can whiten teeth up to 10 shades brighter. The procedure will take about two hours to complete and you may experience some sensitivity during and a few hours after completion. 

Our Fort Sask Dentist will always examine teeth during a consultation to ensure you’re a suitable candidate for whitening treatments. Prior to the procedure, dentists will prepare your teeth with cleaning to rid of plaque, food and debris along with pre-treatment photos. Our Town Crest dentists will discuss your whitening options and which will be most effective and suitable for you to achieve the whitening effect you desire. You will also be educated on which foods to avoid that can lead to tooth discolouration. After the treatment, patients are given a take-home whitening pen or kit to maintain their new, improved pearly whites.

Town Crest Dental is the Fort Sask dental clinic dedicated to helping patients achieve healthy, beautiful smiles. Our services include children’s dentistry services, general and cosmetic dentistry and preventative oral health solutions. Our dental hygienists will always make you feel relaxed, comfortable and at ease. Your oral health is our priority. Contact us to schedule an appointment at