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Are at-home whitening treatments bad for me?

Teeth whitening is such an easy way to refresh your smile that it’s no wonder it is the most requested cosmetic treatment!

If you are interested in whitening your teeth at home, you have two options – professional customized kits and over-the-counter kits. Let’s take a look at how the two stack up:

Over-the-counter kits provide a whitening gel and a boil-and-bite tray. The tray will conform somewhat to your teeth, but it won’t cover all surfaces evenly because it’s not customized. This can lead to increased risk for sensitivity, inconsistent results, and burning gums where your teeth aren’t protected.

Professional take-home whitening kits are superior to store-bought in many ways. We provide a customized tray made using impressions of your teeth for a perfect fit. We will adjust the strength of the whitening gel you receive with the kit based on sensitivity you may have experienced in the past. You also have the advantage of being under professional care, and we are always available to answer your questions.

While over-the-counter kits can be tempting because they’re so readily available, you do run an increased risk of sensitivity. If you are interested in trying a professional take-home whitening kit, please call our Rancho Penasquitos dentist to make an appointment for your next cleaning!

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