Many of Dr. Raymond A. Della Porta, II's patients want to know the difference between using over-the-counter teeth whitening solutions and having your teeth whitened at the dentist's office. If you're interested in having a brighter, more attractive smile, take a moment to learn more about the various options available to you.
Over-the-Counter Whitening Solutions
Some patients who want whiter teeth choose to use non-prescription whitening products that you can find at a pharmacy or supermarket. Over the counter whitening products include toothpastes, strips and dental trays with gels. Though these whitening solutions are cheap and allow you the freedom to whiten at home, they are often ineffective and require many applications before you see any difference in the way your teeth look. According to the ADA, these OTC products are commonly made with less than 10 percent hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide (a whitening agent).
In-Office Whitening Benefits
Dr. Raymond A Della Porta offers in-office whitening at his Vero Beach dentist office. It is the preferred method for getting a whiter smile because it is quick, effective and safe. When you have your teeth whitened by your dentist, it can be completed in about an hour. The high powered bleaching gel (commonly made of 25 to 40 percent hydrogen peroxide) can improve the color of your teeth up to eight shades.
Another Solution to Consider
There is another solution available that makes it possible to get in-office whitening results at home. Your dentist can prescribe a take-home whitening kit. You will receive a whitening tray and bleaching gel for your teeth. The whitening process takes between two to four weeks, and is very effective as long as you follow the directions carefully.
Schedule a Whitening Appointment Today
If you opt for an in-office teeth whitening session or a take-home whitening kit, you must visit your dentist. Call the Vero Beach office of Dr. Raymond A Della Porta today at (772) 567-1025 to schedule a consultation.