Home Teeth WhiteningDo you want whiter teeth? Probably – most people do! There is nothing wrong with wanting to look your best when you walk out the door each morning, and part of looking good is having a beautiful smile. In addition to the alignment of your teeth, part of a great smile comes down to keeping your teeth white over the long run. Fortunately, if yours have started to fade a bit, there are plenty of options available to you today that can remedy the situation.

Modern Conveniences

The modern world is a pretty darn convenient place. If you need something, there is a good chance you can acquire it in short order – and that alone is a fairly recent development. Life today is much different – and much easier – than it was throughout the rest of history. That ease even extends to things like teeth whitening, with at-home kits now available in a variety of retail locations. You can simply pick one up when you are buying a toothbrush and get down to work as soon as you get home.

Some Concerns

So, are these kinds of at-home kits the best option when you want to achieve a whiter smile? Not necessarily. The convenience of the process sounds appealing, of course, but you need to look deeper to understand what you will get for your money. For starters, the kit you purchase can’t be completely tailored to your needs, because it comes in a pre-packaged box. It’s not something that has been designed for you, so there are always limitations on how well it can be expected to work.

Another concern is simply the strength of the product. Something sold openly, over-the-counter, is going to be limited in terms of how much whitening power it can provide. You might be able to make a little progress toward whiter teeth with an at-home kit, but it’s unlikely that you will be able to make a dramatic transformation, if that’s what you have in mind. And, even if you are able to make that kind of significant progress, it will likely take quite a long period of time to achieve.

In the end, it’s rather likely that you will end up a bit disappointed with the results if you opt for an at-home kit that you purchase over the counter. Considering the money you will spend in the process, and the time you will have to invest along the way, it’s smart to take some time to consider other options. Fortunately, a better option is available, and it is convenient, cost-effective, and provides results.

Meeting You Halfway

As you might expect, as a dental office, we are going to recommend taking the route of professional teeth whitening1 when you want quality results. By working with a dentist, you can get the information, advice, and whitening agent you need to actually reach the goals you have for your smile. And before you start thinking that professional teeth whitening is going to mean you have to spend long hours at the dentist’s office, over and over again, you might want to learn a little more about the process.

To get started, you will need to visit our office in order to determine whether or not you are a good fit for our teeth whitening services. This is the standard starting point for any kind of oral care, and the story is no different here. If it is determined that you can be successfully served by whitening, we’ll quickly move on to the next step.

That step is an important one – the creation of custom whitening trays. This is where you really start to see the professional experience diverge from something you could get over the counter. By producing custom trays, we will be able to provide you with a product that fits your mouth properly and can lead to excellent results in the end. A poorly-fitting tray is only going to cause you to waste whitening agent while also struggling to achieve the look you desire.

Now that you have a custom-fitted tray, you can be supplied with prescription-strength whitening agent, which is another advantage you gain by opting for the professional form of treatment. Between the powerful whitening agent and the custom-fitted tray, you will be well on your way to that bright white smile you’ve been dreaming of for years.

Help Along the Way

The advantages of professional teeth whitening don’t stop with the custom trays and the stronger agent. When you buy your own kit at the store, you will be on your own throughout the entire process. You’ll have to figure out how well it is working, make adjustments as you see fit, and so on. That can be tough when you aren’t trained or experienced in this area. By opting for professional teeth whitening, you can benefit from having access to the knowledge of a dentist throughout the process.

So, if you don’t think the treatment is working well enough, or if you are concerned that maybe the whitening is going to go too far, you can simply check in with your dentist for guidance and to make a plan. Also, if there are any questions about the application process, you will have a resource available to you. Given what you stand to gain in terms of improved results, and likely reduced hassle in the end, choosing to work with a dental office to reach your teeth whitening goals is an easy decision.

At Spokane Dental, our goal is simple – we want the best possible outcomes for our patients. We care about your success, from serious oral health issues like missing teeth and gum disease to cosmetic concerns such as the whiteness of your teeth. If you would like to learn more about the services offered at Spokane Dental, or if you would like to schedule an appointment2, feel free to contact us right away. Thanks for stopping by!


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