Professional In-Surgery Or At-Home Teeth Whitening?

A look at pros and cons for the various methods available.

Teeth whitening  is one of the most widely taken up cosmetic procedures by our local Cheshunt dental patients. One obvious reason for this is that it is an affordable and effective way to greatly improve your smile, without the need for an invasive procedure.

Whilst few people would attempt to fill their own teeth, the straightforward and non invasive nature of a teeth whitening procedure, does mean that there is scope to perform this at home. In today’s blog, our long-established Cheshunt dentists look at some of the methods available and what patients should expect if they use them.

Natural whitening

Search the internet and you will find many ways to whiten your teeth naturally. The fact is though, that if these really did work, they would already be well known. It is possible that some may whiten the teeth just a little, but this is highly unlikely to make a noticeable difference. Some natural teeth whitening solutions may also be harmful to the teeth; for example, the use of lemon juice is just one example. This will have a minimal, if any, effect on the whiteness of your teeth, but the acid in the lemon juice is harmful to the protective enamel of your teeth.

Whitening toothpastes

Many teeth whitening toothpastes use the same bleaching ingredient that is used in a professionally applied teeth whitening procedure. In this sense, they do work. However, because of safety concerns, the amount of the active ingredient allowed is restricted, and, quite naturally, this means that the results you should expect are also reduced. Whitening toothpastes may be useful to help with very minor discolouration or may be used to extend the period of whiteness following a professional whitening treatment, but to make a real difference, are of limited use.

Home whitening kits

Home whitening kits are available in chemists and, because they are not an everyday household item, have less restrictions on them than toothpaste. This means that using one of these kits should give a better result. There are two drawbacks here though. Firstly, even with less restrictions, these off the shelf kits do not work as effectively as a customised home whitening kit such as those we offer at our Cheshunt dental practice. Secondly, because they are not made for each individual patient, there is an increased risk of spillage from the trays if they do not fit well. As the whitening agent is a form of bleach, this can cause unpleasant burns to the soft tissue in the mouth.

Professional teeth whitening

At The Lodge Dental Suite, we offer our patients the choice of two teeth whitening procedures. Both produce excellent results but fit into a patient’s lifestyle choices in different ways. The first of these is the in-house whitening treatment, where a gel is applied and the process speeded up with the use of a special light. This procedure, from start to finish, lasts just one hour and instant results can be seen, with your teeth up to six shades whiter than before.

For those who are happy for results to be seen over a longer period, our home whitening kits can be used. The trays for these are made to fit each patient individually and allow for a safe and effective teeth whitening procedure that will produce excellent results over a few weeks; simply by wearing the trays containing the whitening gel, for a short period of time each day.

If you are unhappy with the way that your teeth look, whether discoloured or crooked, our team at The Lodge Dental Suite in Cheshunt are here to help you. To arrange your initial consultation at our handy local practice, simply call our team on 01992 643388. We look forward to assisting you!