Professional vs. Home Teeth Whitening: How Are They Different?

Nothing restores a smile’s sparkle like professional teeth whitening. And it’s hard to beat this safe and effective solution when you want results, fast. The best part? Now you can get professional whitening at the dentist’s office or at home.

Peter Gambertoglio, DDS, understands that teeth can lose their luster over time, even with the most diligent dental care. That’s why he offers Zoom!® in-office whitening and take-home kits at his practice in Spring, Texas. While these professional treatments rely on the same professional-grade ingredients to whiten teeth faster, they do differ.

If you’re considering professional whitening, here’s what you need to know.

Why choose professional whitening

Have you been tempted to grab an over-the-counter bleaching system? You should save your money and invest in professional treatments instead. Not only do professional formulas contain up to 43% more peroxide, they also provide safer solutions.

You can usually consider tooth whitening safe. However, misusing or overusing bleaching products can put your oral health at risk by irritating or damaging your teeth and gums. 

When you add professional whitening to your dental care regimen, it guarantees that you have supervision during the bleaching process and only use safe and reliable products. Plus, we provide guidance to help you reach the perfect level of whiteness and maintain your new luster.

To simplify the professional whitening process, Dr. Gambertoglio offers both in-office and take-home systems.

In-office treatments

The main advantage to choosing professional-grade, in-office bleaching is time. That’s because you can get dramatic results during one office visit.

To accomplish this, Dr. Gambertoglio applies the special Zoom! hydrogen peroxide gel to your teeth. Then, he exposes it to a Philips Zoom Blue LED light. This advanced technology helps the solution penetrate your teeth, accelerating the whitening process and dissolving even the most stubborn stains.

After bleaching your teeth, Dr. Gambertoglio covers them with a fluoride rinse to protect your enamel and prevent sensitivity.

Using this whitening approach, you can safely lighten your teeth up to eight shades during one session.

Take-home treatments

You can get equally striking results with at-home Zoom! treatments. However, this approach takes a little more time.

When you choose a take-home whitening kit, you get customized bleaching trays that fit snugly over your teeth. Each day during your treatment period, you place the Zoom! whitening solution inside the tray, and then wear it for at least 30 minutes.

For best results, you use your take-home whitening system daily for up to two weeks.

The bottom line

Whether you choose in-office or at-home professional bleaching, Dr. Gambertoglio can monitor the process to ensure you get the results you want. Plus, once you reach them, he can offer recommendations and strategies to help them last, which could include a take-home kit for occasional touch-ups.

Ready to find the perfect professional whitening system to help give you a winning smile? Contact our office by calling 281-350-8852 to schedule a consultation today.

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