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In-office vs at-home teeth whitening
Updated: 12/19/2008 6:00:22 PM

In-office vs at-home teeth whitening If you are hoping to achieve a whiter, brighter smile, you can choose a teeth whitening procedure that is administered by a dentist or you can choose at-home bleaching.

In-office teeth whitening may be more costly, but it can result in major changes to the color of your teeth in a relatively short period of time.

The dentist or technician applies high-concentration perioxide gel to the teeth, which can be left on for up to one hour. To achieve optimal effect, you may have to make more than one visit to the dentist.

At-home teeth whitening treatments can be dispensed by a dentist or purchased over the counter. These are less expensive and use lower concentrations of perioxide.

When whitening your teeth at home, you will usually apply the gel to a mouthguard, which is placed in the mouth for either short periods or overnight.

If your dentist has given you the treatment, they can custom-fit a mouthguard for you, while the product you buy over the counter will have a standard-size mouthguard.

The American Dental Association recommends looking for products that carry its seal of approval.

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