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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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Dear Smile Centre Family,

The recent Ontario government announcement declaring a state of emergency and issuing of a new stay-at-home order has caused some uncertainty. We wanted to let you know that all of our Smile Centre locations are still OPEN.

As dental professionals we have been classified as an essential part of healthcare and will continue to provide both preventive, restorative, and emergency treatment. We will not be providing some elective services such as teeth whitening at this time.

We are grateful to remain open as we know how important it is to stay on top of dental issues before they become major problems. Good oral health is directly related to good overall health. Please know that we are doing everything we can to ensure that we go above and beyond all of the recommended safety protocols to keep you, your loved ones, and our team healthy and safe. That is, and always will be our highest priority. Our strict protocols include: Advanced pre screening, using Hepa air filters, wearing advanced PPE, and limiting the number of people in the office by making virtual consultations available. Our offices have always prided ourselves on being experts when it comes to asepsis and sterilizations protocols and it should be noted that there has been no evidence of COVID spread related to dental offices at this time.

Should you have any questions, or wish to postpone or delay any upcoming appointments, please feel free to reach out. We completely understand that not everyone is comfortable receiving dental treatment at this time and we will do our best to accommodate all of your needs while making sure that you feel safe.

Continuing to follow our enhanced safety guidelines, that we have had in place since June, will help to ensure a safe and comfortable environment for everyone.  Underneath these layers of extra protection, rest assured that we are still the same, caring, attentive providers we have always been!

Thank You for your trust during these uncertain times,

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