Chesterfield Professional Take Home Teeth Whitening Treatments vs Over the Counter Products

teeth whitening treatmentsWe all want to look and feel our very best. For many people, that includes having a nice bright smile. This has made tooth whitening the most popular cosmetic treatment in dentistry because it really can boost your confidence and self-esteem. If you’re thinking about having your smile whitened though, you may be wondering with so many over-the-counter products available today, what is the best way to whiten your teeth and how does professional whitening treatment differ?

Professional teeth whitening at chesterfield vs over-the-counter products

There are many over-the-counter whitening products available on the market today, due to the increase in popularity of tooth whitening. That said, many of these products are not as effective as professional treatment and they do have their limitations. This is either because they contain a much lower percentage of bleach or higher concentrations than are recommended and can sometimes be harmful to the teeth and surrounding soft tissues.

On the other hand, having your teeth whitening treatment at Chesterfield is guaranteed to be both safe and effective and is worth the extra cost to get the best results under dental supervision. Most often patients come to us for professional whitening after trying over-the-counter products and seeing little to no difference at all in their tooth shade.

How does teeth whitening at Chesterfield work?

Here at Chesterfield, we use a form of teeth whitening called Opalescence and have 3 different options for you to choose from:

  1. Chair-side – This is your best option if you are in a rush for a white smile for a special event. It’s carried out in our dental office using a 40% bleaching gel and takes less than an hour to complete treatment.

  2. Take-home whitening kits – These allow you to whiten your teeth from the comfort of your own home. The trays are usually worn during the night time while asleep, and results start to show within 1-2 weeks.

  3. Whitening on the go – We offer an alternative to over-the-counter kits in the form of Opalescence Go which is designed to be worn for between 20-90 minutes for up to 10 days.

Why you might want whiter teeth

We all have a different tooth color, just as we all have different hair and skin colors Some people’s teeth are naturally darker than others, which may be because of aging, or due to lifestyle factors. Common reasons for tooth discoloration are caused by:

  • Tobacco

  • Coffee, tea, or red wine

  • Certain medications
  • Trauma

There are many reasons you might benefit from whitening your teeth. Be it for a special event such as a wedding or even just to feel more confident with your smile from day to day. Whatever the reason, our cosmetic dentist Dr Akiwande at Chesterfield can help you decide which option will be best for you. Call us today on (314) 469 6429 to get a dazzling smile.