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In-Office Whitening and Take-Home Whitening, What's Best?

In-office whitening and take-home whitening are two fairly different options to brighten your smile. Both options offer great benefits to patients, so it’s normal to wonder which option you should choose. If you’re searching for a simple solution for a whiter smile, we’ll break down these two approaches to help you decide what’s best for you.

A whiter smile can work wonders for your confidence, self-esteem, and overall appearance. It’s hard to lift certain stains and discoloration with brushing or over-the-counter treatments alone, so enlisting the help of an experienced dentist can be the best route to achieve the white smile you want.

Take-Home Whitening

Take-home teeth whitening gives patients the chance to whiten their teeth from the comfort of their own home. It’s a great option for people who prefer the convenience of caring for their teeth at home, or coupled with in-office whitening for extra effectiveness.

Take-home whitening is simple, efficient, and effective. During your consultation, your dentist will take impressions of your teeth to make soft-gel trays that will be used to whiten your teeth. After getting fitted with the trays, your dentist will take you through the process of using the gel and trays together to whiten your smile. You can wear the trays during the day or at night, and your dentist will instruct you on the right amount of time to leave them in.

You can continue to use the trays for as long as prescribed, making them a very convenient option for busy patients who can’t make regular whitening appointments.

In-Office Whitening

Most people are very familiar with in-office whitening procedures, and how they work. Oftentimes, in-office whitening is the best solution for stains and discoloration that won’t lift with home solutions. At Livewell Dentistry we will carefully assess your teeth to see what shade your teeth are, and discuss how many shades lighter you want to go.

After this, we will explain the procedure which includes brushing your teeth using pumice, then applying whitening gel to your teeth for an appropriate length of time to achieve the right shade of white. Unlike other whitening methods, in-office whitening achieves better results because your dentist can take special care during the procedure to lift tougher stains or discolored teeth for an even whiteness.

Everyone wants a white, bright smile, and by visiting Livewell Dentistry, we can make that a reality. Whether you’re on-the-go and need a take-home solution to whiten your teeth, or need to lift tough stains in-office to brighten your smile, we are here and ready to give you the best teeth whitening solution so you can smile confidently every day.

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