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Options for Whitening Your Teeth

Options for Whitening Your Teeth

Teeth whitening has never been more popular and has never been more accessible than it is today. There are three primary groups of whitening products, each with their own advantages and disadvantages. Here is a look at those three options.
Over-the-counter treatments

Over-the-counter treatments abound at drug stores these days. As more and more people buy them, the shelves fill up with more and more options. The benefit of these are that they are comparatively inexpensive and they can be done on your timeline. However, they are not nearly as powerful as the other options, requiring much more time and effort. Moreover, because they are not overseen by an experienced and trained professional, they are more dangerous, potentially causing severe tooth sensitivity and burning of the gums and lips.

Professional take-home treatments

These are overseen by your teeth whitening dentist in Los Angeles and begin with an impression of your teeth being made. That impression is used to make a custom-fit tray into which the whitening agent is placed. Unlike over-the-counter options, because the tray is made specifically for your mouth, the chances of problems occurring is greatly reduced. Moreover, because it is overseen by the dentist, over-bleaching, which has become a common problem, is not a problem.

Professional in-office treatments

These options are done chair-side, in the dental office itself. They are the most powerful whitening treatments, require the least amount of time, and are the safest. However, they are more expensive. Because of their superior results, however, this option is highly attractive to many patients.


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