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    How to Choose Between In-Home or In-Office Bleaching


    Many of us want brighter, whiter teeth. The sodas and coffees we drink every day affect the brightness of our teeth, and make them dull. Since our smile is usually one of the first things noticed when we meet someone, we want our teeth to look their best. Making a good impression is important in today’s atmosphere, as people often have a hard time moving past their first impression and accepting a person for their qualities, not appearance.

    There are many products on the market that are supposed to assist with whitening and brightening our teeth, and thus our smiles. Choosing between them can be a difficult decision. You want the right product that will work best for you, and not damage your teeth in the process, though products on the market today should be tested and ready for use without damaging your teeth. Which is better, carbamide peroxide or hydrogen peroxide gels? Should you go through the whitening process in your home or at the dentist office?

    If you choose to do your whitening at home, you will have to decide between the bleaching or gel whitening options. The gel contains either hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide as key ingredients. The in-home whitening has a lesser concentration of the carbamide peroxide than the dentist-supervised hydrogen peroxide agent. The gel oxidizes the stain molecules away from your teeth. The gel is held in place against your teeth with whitening trays. The in-home kit contains a one-size-fits-all mouth tray. This can bring the gel into contact with your gums. The higher concentrate of peroxide agents in the gel can cause hypersensitivity in your teeth. This should subside after a short amount of time. If your teeth are already sensitive, you should make sure that you do not use a concentration of higher than 10% of the peroxide levels. Most people can use the average amount of 16% of peroxide solution in the gels. The highest and maximum concentration of peroxide in the gels is 22%. The higher amount achieves the whitening faster. However, there is also the chance of greater risk to your teeth and mouth with the higher levels. The peroxide can dehydrate your teeth and cause the hypersensitivity to last longer.

    If you choose to have your whitening done at the dentist office, the dentist will use a hydrogen peroxide whitening agent. The concentration in these solutions range from 15% to 43%. A custom tray will be made for your mouth to minimize the contact with your gum tissue. The gel is applied to your teeth directly, instead of in the tray. Because your dentist knows your dental history, he or she will be able to customize your treatment. This includes choosing a solution strength that will would be suitable for your stains and sensitivity. The dentist will also watch for any irritation caused by the solution. Multiple visits may be needed to reach the whitening results you are looking for. With your dentist, you can customize your plan and the number of visits you will need. While this may be more expensive than the store bought, in-home whitening kit, having knowledgeable staff available to help you protect your overall mouth health may be worth the extra cost.

    Take your time in deciding which method to use. You want to make sure you choose the right method for your mouth and oral history. Discuss this decision with your dentist. Your dentist can help you find the right product and whitening plan that will work best for you and your lifestyle. Be sure to be clear with your plans and goals.


Advanced Dental Concept Google Reviews

Advanced Dental Concepts
Reviewed from Google

4.9 out of 5 stars

Gracie Franklin
Gracie Franklin

5 out of 5 stars

posted 2 weeks ago

I was looking for a dentist near me and my sister recommended Advanced Dental Concept! My whole experience was good. I was treated nicely the moment I walked in. The place was welcoming and the staff was friendly. I had my check up there and will come back for my teeth whitening treatment!

Catherine Pearson
Catherine Pearson

5 out of 5 stars

posted 2 months ago

I found the right orthodontist for me here in Hammond, LA here at this dental facility. When it comes to oral health, I really want the best and I really did search the city for the best ortho for me. When I got here, I am so happy and relieved that I finally found the one for me. She was very attentive and she made me feel very comfortable. The treatment is also very effective and now I have straight,white teeth!

Jacklyn Myers
Jacklyn Myers

4 out of 5 stars

posted 2 months ago

I was advised to see an orthodontist to correct my bite. I am glad I saw your website and read some of the reviews. By reading those customers testimonials, I decided to go visit your dentist and I am not disappointed by the service you have given me. Added factors are the place is clean and well maintained.

Tayler Evans
Tayler Evans

5 out of 5 stars

posted 4 months ago

THE DENTISTS AND STAFF ARE AMAZING! I haven't been to the dentist in 10+ years because my last visit was so traumatizing. Recently my tooth broke and another was fractured due to me constantly grinding them in my sleep. I couldn't have wished for better service. They were so nice and kind to me. The dentist kept me informed of everything that was going on while she was doing it. The office was really clean and comfortable. I even got a call a few days later to see how I was doing and was informed that I could come in for a follow up appointment to check the healing process free of charge! I would definitely recommend them and will be going back on a regular basis. Extremely satisfied customer....Donna Evans

Jesse Scott
Jesse Scott

5 out of 5 stars

posted 2 weeks ago

I had my dental implant done here and I was able to save money since I grabbed their new patient special promo! It was a wise decision and a great offer for new patients like me!

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