At Home or In-Store Teeth Whitening: What Is The Best Method?

April 27, 2020

When it comes to teeth whitening, you can choose between at-home treatments that you can do on your own, or in-store treatments, where you have to sit down while a professional whiten your teeth.

The question here is, which one is the best teeth whitening method?

Choosing the right one will determine the quality of your results, and evidently, you only want the best. Therefore, we are going to compare both methods, to let you see which one is the kind of teeth whitening.

However, before we talk about each method in detail, let us talk about bleaching.

What Is Bleaching?

Both teeth whitening approaches rely on bleaching because it is the only way to erode tooth stains. To accomplish it, the treatments use bleaching agents such as:

  • Carbamide Peroxide
  • Hydrogen Peroxide

Both chemicals accomplish the same goal: Bleach the enamel to change its color, in this case, to turn it from yellowish to white.

When we talk about at-home treatments, or better put DIY, they usually rely on carbamide peroxide, with a concentration that can range within the following values:

  • Minimum: 10%
  • Maximum: 44%

When you administer such treatment, the carbamide peroxide reacts with the water, to form what we know as hydrogen peroxide, which is the element responsible for penetrating the enamel to get rid of the stain deposits, which are found in the area known as dentin.

Be it dental strips, mouth guards, or any other method of application, all DIY treatments use the same approach.

Now that you know what bleaching is and how it works in DIY treatment, let us see how it differs from the bleaching in professional whitening treatments.

All about In-Store Teeth Whitening Treatment

The main difference is that these treatments are professional, and therefore, the person in charge, in this case, a dentist, will need to examine your teeth to determine your current situation before administering the treatment.

The dentist will examine and consider several factors:

  • Allergies
  • Sensitivities
  • Current situation of soft/hard tissues
  • Restorations
  • Irregularities in the teeth

Furthermore, the dentist will also use a shade guide to measure accurately the color of your teeth, so that you can compare the result against your situation prior to the treatment.

Once the patient is ready to undergo the treatment, most dentists will use a light protective layer on the gums and papilla, to protect such areas from the bleaching agents, which could cause chemical burns.

The bleaching agents of choice are the following and in the indicated concentration range:

  • Hydrogen Peroxide: 3% to 16%
  • Carbamide Peroxide: 10 to 44%

This kind of treatment has a better success rate with yellowish teeth than greyish teeth because in the latter case, the best option is bonding since it is known for masking tetracycline damage and heavy straining effectively.

All about Light Accelerated Bleaching

Bleaching alone is decent enough to bring results, but it gets much better when it gets accelerated by light, be it LED plasma or halogen. This special variant receives the name of power bleaching.

Unfortunately, most studios do not use it correctly, and the same goes for several dentists. They either use too much light power or high concentrations of bleaching agents, all of which elevate the risk of tooth sensitivity and the possibility of not obtaining the desired results.

That is why we, The Smile Bar, have developed a special whitening lamp, which in combination with our revolutionary bleaching mix, we can whiten your teeth in just 20 minutes… from 2 to 9 shades whiter!

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Since the blue light spectrum has the most effective and safe wavelengths to trigger hydrogen peroxide reaction, that is the technology we implement. In addition, we have minimized ultraviolet and heat emissions, to make the treatment as short as 20 minutes long.

What Is The Real Price of Whitening Your Teeth At Home?

As we have seen, most DIY teeth-whitening treatments rely on bleaching agents, primarily, carbamide peroxide. Therefore, it does not matter if you get teeth strips or a complete kit that includes toothpaste, gels, mouth guard, chewing gums, etc. they all contain the same compound, and hence, fulfill the same objective.

However, they only bring short-term effects, as they are not capable of whitening teeth to the degree that a treatment like power bleaching does, simply because they lack the resources to do so, in this case, blue light and professional application of the bleaching agents.

Furthermore, some of these products could damage your mouth due to the chemical burns produced by the bleaching agents.

The Truth about Teeth Whitening Tooth Paste

The truth is that such toothpaste does not contain bleaching agents, but instead, they are abrasive. It means that they contain the following compounds:

  • Silica
  • Calcium carbonate
  • Alumina
  • Dicalcium phosphate dehydrate

Their goal is to remove surface stains, but over time, they could damage the enamel, especially since they frequently contain enzymes that break down the bio-film of the teeth.

That is the case for the majority of whitening toothpaste, and that is why we decided to do something better and different.

Welcome the Brilliant Smile!

Straight from Sweden, an exclusive gel-based toothpaste whitens your teeth without using harmful abrasives while making your mouth healthier. You only need to use the exclusive Whitening Toothpaste twice a day and you will:

  • Prevent discoloration and stains
  • Shield your teeth against cavities
  • Protect your teeth against plaque
  • Prevent and improve tooth sensitivity

Final Words

As you can see, if you want to whiten your teeth for real, then you need to opt for an in-store teeth whitening treatment. The results will be much better and safer.

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