If you are wondering whether you should get your whitening treatment done at home or at a dental practice, you have come to the right place! In this article we will walk you through the basics on how to make the right choice when it comes to whitening treatments.
When performing a dental whitening treatment there are a couple things to keep in mind which could prevent you from facing a few issues post treatment. At Dentaltix we want to answer some of the most frequently asked questions on the topic of teeth whitening.
Should I have my whitening done at a dental practice or at home?
Teeth whitening performed by a specialist will always be better and safer than what one can do at home. Not only because of the qualification and experience of the practitioner completing the treatment, but also because of the quality of their products and the supervision of the whole process. If you choose to home whiten, there are some home remedies available on the web you can look into, however, we would caution against this as it can be risky and ineffective in the long run.
Here you can see an image of how to professional whitening can change your teeth.
How long is it going to take to see the results?
Well, we have good news, it is 100% guarenteed that you will have the brightest and whitest teeth yet straight after your treatment. The new and updated products that are now avaliable on the market allow for dentists to provide faster and immediate results to their patients. One thing to keep in mind is that if you suffer from tooth sensitivity, it would be advised to ask your doctor if there is any way to minimise sensity post treatment.
Most treatments include a complimentary treatment at home, to help your whitening last longer. This step can also help remove the "chalky" look from any residue left that sometimes occurs.
Are home treatments safe to use?
One thing that is important to keep in mind when looking to do a home treatment is what the ingredients of the whitening at-home treatment product you have chosen to use contain. Most whitening products use hydrogen peroxide, which if used in high percentage without the previous evaluation of a professional could lead to tooth sensitivity even if you did not have it before. Another important piece of information is that most treatments were designed to compliment a whitening treatment perfomed at a clinic rather than to just be done in isolation at home.
Regardless of which treatment style you are looking into doing, it is always still advised to visit your local dentist and ask for an evaluation before hand anyways. This way you can minimise any complications that may arise from a treatment prior to starting your treatment.
How bright is my smile going to look?
When it comes to teeth whitening, people usually have a clear picture of how bright and white they expect their teeth to look afterwards. However in addition to your treatment it is also important to remember that they are other factors such as smoking, drinking certain drinks, genetics and your lifestyle in general that could influence how white your teeth end up being. When speaking to a dentist we work closely with on how whitening works, we were quiet surprised to discover how closely related a patients personal history is with how long the whitening treatment will last and how white their teeth will end up. Again this is just another reason to go into your dentil clinic before choosing a treatment in order to get an evaluation of the expected results for you personally.
As for the price of a whitening, it varies depending on the clinic, whether you have dental insurance or not, but usually ranges between 200 and 350 euros.