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Teeth Whitening: At-Home Vs. In-Office

At EaDo Family Dental, Dr. Bianca Williams and Dr. John Ma offer both in-office teeth whitening and professional take-home treatments. Not sure whether in-office whitening or at-home whitening is a better choice for you?

You’ve come to the right place. In this blog, we’ll discuss the basics of each treatment, as well as some of their pros and cons. Read on, and find out if at-home teeth whitening or in-office teeth whitening in Houston from EaDo Family Dental is a better choice for you.

The Basics & Benefits Of At-Home Teeth Whitening

In at-home teeth whitening, you’ll whiten your teeth at home using a professional-grade set of whitening products, as well as a set of custom-built whitening trays. You’ll need to come into our office for a quick appointment to be fitted for your whitening trays, then you’ll come back to pick them up and get the rest of the supplies and instructions you need for your treatment.

Then, you’ll whiten your teeth at home, usually for about an hour a day for 1-2 weeks, depending on your level of staining and desired level of brightness. As you can imagine, take-home whitening has a lot of great benefits.

It’s very convenient, since you can treat yourself on your own schedule. You’ll also spend less time in the dentist’s chair overall, so this is a better option if you’re not a big fan of the dentist. Your results will also be more gradual, meaning it will be less obvious to others that you’ve had your teeth whitened. Some patients prefer this.

The main drawback is that your treatment will take a longer time compared to in-office whitening. If you need very fast results, at-home whitening may not be right for you.

The Basics & Benefits Of In-Office Teeth Whitening

As you may expect, in-office whitening is done by Dr. Bianca Williams or Dr. John Ma at our office. Your teeth will be cleaned, then your gums will be coated with a protectant and cheek retractors will be used to keep your lips and tongue away from your teeth.

Then, a layer of powerful whitener will be applied to your teeth, activated with a special UV light, and then rinsed away after a few minutes. Dr. Williams or Dr. Ma will repeat this process until your teeth have reached your desired level of brightness.

The biggest benefit of in-office treatment is that it offers instant results. If you want to quickly whiten your smile for an event or special occasion, it’s definitely a better choice. It’s also usually a better option for very severe staining, since Dr. Ma or Dr. Williams can use higher-intensity whiteners.

However, in-office whitening also requires you to spend a lot more time at the dentist, and some people may find the process to be uncomfortable. In addition, patients with sensitive teeth may find that it makes their sensitivity a lot more intense after treatment. Make sure to discuss sensitivity with Dr. Ma or Dr. Williams before you schedule your teeth whitening appointment.

Interested In A Brighter Smile In Houston? Contact EaDo Family Dental Today!

So, what’s better? In-office or at-home whitening? The answer is “it depends!” It depends on your smile, your level of staining, your personal preferences, and more. The best way to find out which treatment is right for you is to contact EaDo Family Dental online or give us a call at (713) 474-2334 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Bianca Williams or Dr. John Ma.

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