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At-Home Teeth Whitening vs. Professional Whitening

Last updated 2 years ago

A healthy, white smile is one of the first things people tend to notice about others. Unfortunately, very few people are completely comfortable with the condition of their smiles. While there are a number of at-home treatment options for individuals suffering from stained or discolored teeth, many individuals prefer professional teeth whitening procedures from their cosmetic dentists.          

At-Home Treatments
At-home whitening methods include toothpastes, mouthwashes, whitening strips, and bleaching trays. While these over-the-counter treatment methods offer a convenient way to brighten your smile, the results pale in comparison to professional treatments. In fact, most of these products do very little to whiten your teeth and provide short-lived results. Furthermore, many at-home whitening products contain abrasive or harsh chemicals that can actually lead to enamel erosion and increase sensitivity to your teeth and gum tissues.

Professional In-Office Whitening
Unlike at-home treatments, professional whitening treatments performed by your family or cosmetic dentist provide superior whitening results without the risk of complications. In many cases, professional in-office treatments can actually whiten both the enamel and dentin, or the internal layer of your teeth that can turn yellow as you age. Professional whitening may be right for you if you are suffering from tooth discoloration due to eating habits, fillings, previous endodontic procedures, and the use of certain medications. In-office treatments are also fast and efficient to give you the results you want in a fraction of the time it takes at-home treatments.

Our Herndon family and cosmetic dentists with South Riding Family Dentistry offer in-office whitening treatments which utilize Zoom! technology. This revolutionary whitening system can help get your teeth up to eight shades whiter; Zoom! also provides long-lasting results that many at-home treatments can’t produce. Learn more about your professional teeth whitening options by contacting us at (703) 327-0327.                                                   


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