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In-chair Vs. Take Home Teeth Whitening - Which is Best for You?

woman showing smile on dental chairWhen it comes to teeth whitening, there are two primary options available to patients: in-chair whitening and take-home kits. Both options are popular and effective, but they have distinct differences that patients should be aware of. Here are the key differences between both.

In-chair whitening

In-chair whitening, also known as chairside whitening, is performed in the practice by our dental hygienists. The process involves applying a bleaching gel to the teeth and using a special light to activate the gel and accelerate the whitening process. In-chair whitening sessions usually last about an hour, and patients can see results immediately after the treatment.

Take-home whitening

Take-home whitening involves the use of custom-made trays and bleaching gel that patients use at home. The trays are typically worn for a few hours each day or overnight, depending on the strength of the bleaching gel and the desired results. Take-home kits can take longer than in-chair visits to achieve the desired results, usually between 1-2 weeks.

Not everyone is a candidate for whitening.
Checkup and clean recommended for optimal results.

Other differences include:

Speed: In-chair sessions are a much faster option than take-home kits. Patients can see results immediately after the in-chair treatment, whereas take-home whitening requires multiple applications over several days or weeks.

Convenience: Take-home whitening is a more convenient option for patients who don’t have the time or desire to sit in a dental chair for an hour. With take-home whitening, patients can whiten their teeth at their own pace and in the comfort of their own homes.

Sensitivity: In-chair whitening may cause more sensitivity than take-home whitening due to the higher concentration of bleaching gel used during the treatment. Patients who have sensitive teeth may prefer take-home options, which allows for a slower, more gradual whitening process.

Which is right for you?

We’d love to chat with you about the best option for you. If you’re curious about whitening, contact our practice today to book a visit and learn more about your options.

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