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Are Take-Home Teeth Whitening Kits From the Dentist More Effective Than Store-Bought Ones?

Are Take-Home Teeth Whitening Kits From the Dentist More Effective Than Store-Bought Ones?

Because a whiter, brighter smile is associated with attractiveness and health, it can be embarrassing to open your mouth to smile or speak if you have yellow or stained teeth. 

Teeth whitening treatments can help improve your appearance, but the results vary depending on the type of treatment you use. 

If you prefer an at-home teeth whitening treatment, you can choose between a store-bought kit or one provided by a dental professional. While both options can provide noticeable results, take-home teeth whitening kits from your dentist deliver the fastest, safest, and most dramatic results. 

You can achieve optimal outcomes when you consult with a cosmetic dentistry specialist for teeth whitening. At Nobel Dental in Los Angeles, California, Abraham Nobel, DDS, and our team specialize in professional teeth whitening and other cosmetic dentistry treatments to help you look and feel your best. 

With our professional take-home treatments, you can achieve the whitest smile possible without damage to your teeth or the tissue surrounding them.

Learn more about the ways that take-home professional teeth whitening kits differ from store-bought kits and why they provide the most improvement.

How professional take-home teeth whitening kits work

The professional teeth whitening kits from our office use individualized bleaching trays that hold a professional-grade whitening gel. To whiten your teeth, you wear the gel-filled trays for up to an hour a day in the privacy of your home. 

Whitening occurs gradually, with most of our patients reaching their target shade of whiteness in a few weeks. 

One of the advantages of a professional take-home system is that the soft plastic bleaching trays are manufactured to fit your mouth. These customized trays fit snugly around every tooth. 

Customized bleaching trays ensure even and constant coverage of the whitening gel on and between every tooth surface, even if your teeth are crooked. This snug fit also prevents the gel from coming in contact with your gum tissue because it forms a seal along the gumline to protect it. 

Our take-home kits also utilize professional-grade whitening gels. These substances can use the highest concentration of hydrogen peroxide available for safe teeth whitening because your treatment is supervised by our staff. 

Carefully following our instructions helps you achieve dramatic results without oral damage. 

How store-bought teeth whitening kits work 

Store-bought whitening kits come in several forms:

Your results will vary, depending on the product you use and the degree of stains or yellowing on your teeth. 

Follow the package instructions to avoid damage to your teeth and gums while achieving some improvement. But the lack of customized fitted whitening trays means that the gel may miss some areas of your teeth. 

Overall, your whitening results won’t always match the level of improvement possible with our professional take-home whitening kits. 

Store-bought kits use whitening agents that aren’t as strong as the agents in professional-grade kits. Manufacturers of store-bought kits use lesser-grade whitening agents to prevent consumers from damaging their teeth and gums if they use the product incorrectly. 

Since each application of store-bought teeth whitening kids contains a weaker formula than professional-grade kits, these products typically require daily applications for several weeks or longer. Many patients tire of the process and often give up before achieving their goals. 

Teeth whitening kits: a comparison

Generally, you can expect faster and more dramatic whitening results from professional take-home kits versus store-bought ones. While professional-grade teeth whitening may be more expensive upfront, you’re likely to achieve longer-lasting and more noticeable results with these kits. 

When you get a teeth whitening kit from our dental practice, Dr. Nobel includes an examination of your teeth to ensure it’s safe for you to use. Our staff also explains what to expect and proper use to help you achieve optimal results safely and effectively. 

To find out more about the ways that our take-home teeth whitening kits can help you achieve the whitest smile possible, call our Koreatown office or book an appointment online today.

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