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Difference Between Teeth Whitening at the Dentist and at Home

One look in the mirror is all it takes to realize your teeth need help. Specifically, the yellow needs to be replaced with the natural white shade your teeth sported in the past. You could make a trip to the drugstore and pick up an at-home whitening kit. Another approach is to undergo professional treatments under the care of a dentist. Here are a few things you should know about each option.

Dealing With Sensitive Teeth

While many people have no problems using kits at home, others find that the treatments seem to make their teeth more sensitive. One way to avoid that issue is to choose professional teeth whitening instead. As dentists administer the treatments, they also monitor the results. In the event that any type of sensitivity develops, the dentist will know how to deal with the situation immediately.

Lasting Results

There is no doubt that at-home kits work. What is different is how long the results last. You can expect to repeat the at-home treatment on a regular basis. By contrast, having your teeth whitened professional generally means you will only need to go back for more treatments after several months. If you would prefer to not make whitening something you must do every few weeks, having your dentist manage the treatments makes a lot of sense.

Even Whitening

Another point to consider closely is the quality of the whitening treatments. With at-home methods, it’s easy to miss spots and end up with some teeth that appear to be whiter than others. Instead of improving your smile, you have one more issue that has to be resolved.

Compare that with undergoing whitening treatments with a dental professional. The process ensures that the whitening is done evenly. Your dentist monitors the results of each session and can quickly address any area that seems to be slightly different in color than the rest of the teeth. Thanks to that attention to detail, you leave the dental clinic with teeth that are evenly shaded.

The Expense

Many people turn to at-home kits because they consider them to be less expensive and equally effective. It’s true that the typical kit will cost less than an office visit for teeth whitening. What you may not realize is that it could take several kits to achieve the same result as one or two office visits. That could mean you end up paying more to do the job at home than if you left the task in the hands of a dental professional.

Factor in the fact that you will need to repeat the home treatments several times a year versus undergoing additional whitening at the dentist office no more than twice a year and it’s easy to see how the home kits could end up costing more than the professional treatments.

Talk with your dentist and learn more about professional teeth whitening options. After going over all the essentials, you are likely to find this solution is really the best approach.

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We are so excited to announce that the Royal College of Dental Surgeons has just given us the green light to begin seeing all non-essential and deferred treatment! Under the guidance of the RCDSO, all dentists in Ontario will now be able to re-open their practices for routine care and treatment. ​ Up until now, due to COVID19 pandemic restrictions, dentists have only been permitted to provide ​ emergency dental treatment. ​ This means that we have been unable to provide any other type of dental procedures since mid-March.

We can't wait to get back to work and begin seeing our patients again! We are spending this week implementing the changes mandated by the ministry of health and the dental association and will resume a normal schedule starting next week. You can rest assured that the safety of our community, our patients, and our team members are of utmost importance and we will have implemented additional safety measures and precautions. This is in addition to our already strict infection control protocols that were already in place.

Please be patient with us and give us some time to contact you; if you have had an appointment rescheduled, you are at the top of our list to call. We will be doing our best to ensure that everyone is re-booked as soon as possible. However, if you would like to get in sooner, or are having a concern, please feel free to give us a call.

What can I expect at my next dental appointment?

  • We will be ​pre-screening ​all patients prior to their appointments, and one more time upon arrival.
  • We are requesting that only the person who is booked for an appointment enter the office where ever possible (parents and caregivers will be permitted if necessary).
  • Upon arrival for your appointment, you will be asked to use hand sanitizer at the front entrance, and also to wear a mask until you are seated in the treatment room. (A mask will be provided if you do not have your own)
  • We will be staggering appointment times to limit the number of people in our offices to promote and encourage physical distancing.
  • There are hand hygiene stations located throughout the offices.
  • We have installed plexiglass barriers in the waiting room to protect our patients and team members.


When exactly can I book an appointment?

  • We are seeing emergencies this week, but starting Mon, June 8th, we will begin seeing all patients with outstanding treatment

What procedures will we be able to do?

  • We will be able to perform all procedures, including extractions, fillings, root canal treatments, fabricating night guards and anything else that has been delayed due to COVID19

Will I be able to get my teeth cleaned and my regular recall exam (check up)?

  • We are hoping to begin scheduling hygiene appointments by the middle of June
  • As guidelines change this may be sooner or later

How will you contact me for my next appointment?

  • One of our team members will contact you to review your needs and schedule your appointment appropriately. We will be initially focussing on following up on emergency and urgent care. Please call, text or email us if you have a specific concern and we will respond ASAP.

Do we have enough PPE?

  • Absolutely! Our offices will be well equipped to keep you and our teams safe.
  • We have been providing emergency care throughout the pandemic with appropriate PPE

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