What is the difference between professional and at-home whitening kits?

Professional or at-home teeth whitening kits?

Whitening strips and kits from the drugstore are cheaper and easier than making an appointment with your dentist. The at-home kits can give you whiter teeth, but there are several differences to consider.

  • Professional whitening contains ingredients to help the whitening process to feel more comfortable for those with sensitive teeth.
  • The results of at-home kits tend to last a shorter amount of time, so while the cost up front may be less, the price over time may not save as much money.
  • Professional whitening involves a trained professional fitting your mouth with a custom-made tray so the whitening results are even throughout your mouth.
  • Professional whitening treatments can show results quicker and with fewer treatments than at home kits.

Whitening treatments can be a great way to feel better about your smile and reverse the effects of staining due to beverages, food, or just aging.

Please visit us for a free consultation if you think a professional whitening treatment can make you feel the best about your smile!

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A practicing dentist since 1982, Dr. Gary Imm, provides advanced cosmetic dentistry, including smile makeovers, sedation, implant and TMJ services. He is committed to progressive, extraordinary care for his guests. All Smiles Dental Care trains at least 300 hours each year at such prestigious centers as the Las Vegas Institute of Advanced Dentistry. (LVI)