Take-Home Vs. In-Office Whitening – Understanding The Basics & Benefits

If you’re interested in professional teeth whitening at Parkside Dental, you actually have two primary options for treatment. Dr. Larsen offers both in-office and take-home teeth whitening. While these treatments do provide the same amazing results, they’re actually quite a bit different.

Wondering which one may be right for you? In this blog, we’ll take a look at the basics of each process, and discuss the benefits of each treatment. Let’s get started.

The Basics & Benefits Of In-Office Teeth Whitening

In-office whitening is done by Dr. Larsen at our office. The process is quick and easy, and usually takes less than an hour. 

First, Dr. Larsen will clean your mouth, and then protect your gums with a special liquid. Once your mouth has been prepared, he will apply a powerful peroxide-based whitener to your teeth, and shine a UV light on the whitener to boost its effects.

After a few minutes, you’ll rinse your mouth and spit to remove the whitener, and Dr. Larsen will check the brightness of your teeth. He will continue the whitening process until your teeth have reached your desired level of whiteness.

The primary benefit of in-office whitening is that it’s much faster than any other method of tooth whitening. Depending on your level of staining, it may be possible to whiten your teeth by up to 5-10 shades in just one appointment. This means in-office whitening at Parkside Dental is a great choice if you need fast results for a special occasion. 

The Basics & Benefits Of Take-Home Teeth Whitening

In take-home teeth whitening, you’ll come to see Dr. Larsen and have a set of custom whitening trays built. He’ll take impressions of your teeth, and work with a dental lab to build your trays. You will come back to our office in a few weeks to pick them up.

Once you get your trays, Dr. Larsen will give you instructions on how to use them, and will also give you a set of professional-grade whitening products. Your directions may vary, but most patients treat themselves for about 1 hour per day for up to 2-3 weeks.

This means take-home whitening takes longer than in-office whitening. But some patients actually prefer this, since the subtle results mean it won’t be obvious to others that you’ve had your teeth whitened. Another benefit of take-home whitening is that it is more convenient and comfortable, since you don’t have to spend as much time in the dentist’s chair.

Got More Questions About Teeth Whitening? Get Answers At Parkside Dental! 

Dr. Jason Larsen is an experienced cosmetic dentist in Murphy. If you’re interested in a brighter smile but you’re not sure which type of teeth whitening is right for you, the team at Parkside Dental can help. Contact us now or give us a call at (972) 442-7550 to schedule a consultation. 

At your cosmetic consultation, Dr. Larsen can examine your mouth, answer any questions you may have about the teeth whitening process, and help you choose the treatment that’s right for your unique situation. 


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