Professional Teeth Whitening vs Over the Counter

If you notice that your teeth are stained, yellowed, or discolored, you may be considering teeth whitening treatment. Your cosmetic dentist can whiten your teeth in their office, but many stores offer whitening kits that you can use at home.

Both treatments can enhance your smile and have their unique benefits, so it can be difficult to decide which treatment would work best for you. Dr. Sahil Goyal, a dentist in Laurel, MD, describes both store-bought and professional in-office teeth whitening so that you know what to expect from each treatment.

professional teeth whitening treatment in Laurel Maryland

Professional Teeth Whitening Treatment

Your dentist can perform professional teeth whitening for you in their office. During this procedure, your dentist applies a whitening gel to your teeth. Then they use concentrated light to activate bleaching agents and whiten your teeth.

Your dentist can also provide you with professional whitening treatment that you can take home with you. They will create customized trays to fit your unique smile. Then you use whitening gel in the tray, place the tray in your mouth, and see optimal whitening results.

Store-Bought Whitening Kit

Many local shops offer whitening kits that you can take home and use, too. These can come in the form of whitening strips or even trays similar to what a dentist can provide. They come with easy-to-follow instructions, and you can see quick results.

This treatment may be more affordable than what is offered at your dentist, but the whitening trays and strips are made to be one size fits all patients. With this kind of methodology, you may not see the best results because the treatment is not customized to fit the unique alignment, shape, or aesthetic goals of your smile.

The local pick-up and take-home strategy available with this store-bought treatment may be convenient, but your dentist can provide you with a take-home option as well. This may not be as immediate due to the time it may take to construct personalized trays for your mouth. However, the treatment is more likely to result in a more complete and natural-looking appearance.

Find Professional Teeth Whitening in Laurel, MD

Laurel Smiles offers professional teeth whitening and other cosmetic dental treatments in Laurel, MD. Dr. Goyal also specializes in restorative and general dentistry for patients of all ages. To schedule an appointment or consultation with us, contact our office online or reach us by phone at 301.200.1315.