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Is it better to whiten teeth at dentist or home?

I am a 23 year old female. I want to know if it is better to whiten teeth at the dentist or at home?

3 Answers

I don't recommend off-the-shelf whitening. My system with the best results has always been to make a custom tray and then the patient utilizes a special gel that I prepare fresh daily to whiten at home under my close supervision. I also offer a 5-year warranty that teeth will not change back.

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Dr. J.B. Lago
You can do it either way, one costs more, the other requires more discipline (home). Both will work effectively and the only reason to have it done at the office would be to have it done quickly, as when you're getting married in 2 weeks or similar. If you do elect to do it at home, just choose a whitening agent that's neutral pH (so that it doesn't cause damage to your teeth). There are several brands out there that are very good and safe, such as Crest Whitestrips, Rembrandt, etc.

In regards to whitening, there are a couple of things to know. First, you need a good whitening agent. Carbamide peroxide and hydrogen peroxide are the two most popular whitening agents. Second, whitening is frequency and dose dependent. The higher the dose of whitening agent and the more frequent it is used, the sooner the whitening potential will be achieved.
As long as you are using a good whitening agent, you will whiten your teeth. There is no way to predict any individual's whitening potential. You have to go through a round of whitening to see. That said, whether you do in office or take home really depends on how quick you need results. In office whitening (lights are NOT necessary to whiten your teeth in office) will produce faster results, but you will still have to whiten for a few days after at home. It is also the most expensive. This method uses the highest strength whitening agents and also can produce the highest sensitivity after treatment. Don't worry though, any sensitivity will go away and no permanent damage is done to the teeth (unless a light is used - there are cases where root canals were necessary because a light was used in conjunction with whitening). The take home method uses a lower strength whitening agent and will take a bit longer to achieve your whitening potential. Two weeks on average. You will have a lower chance of sensitivity with this method and you will still achieve the same end result. The over-the-counter whitening products work too, but because of their low strength, take much longer to achieve your whitening potential.
Hope this helps.