Whitening your teeth: DIY or Dentist?

Should you get your teeth whitened by your dentist, or just do it yourself?
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The thought of going to the dentist isn’t always the most appealing idea to everyone, so many people consider buying an at-home kit to whiten their teeth in lieu of taking a trip to the office. You can easily buy one at the store, they’re relatively inexpensive and you can use them on your own time. So why should you go to the dentist? Both options have their advantages. Take a look at this comparison to see which one works best for you!
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Convenience 
Most people want to be able to whiten their teeth quickly and not have to leave the house, which is why at-home kits may seem to be the better option. However, setting aside daily time at home (sometimes several times a day) to apply the bleach and letting it sit may be impractical for many people.  After all, if the at-home product isn’t used often enough, the bleach will not work properly, leaving some frustrated with the poor results.
Although it requires you to leave the house, having your teeth professionally whitened by the dentist could take just 90 minutes, more efficiently giving a person the results they desire.  Besides, that hour and a half is a great opportunity to sit back and relax, maybe even watch a movie!
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Price
One of the biggest things that turns people away from going to the dentist to get their teeth whitened is the price. It is true that at-home kits are typically cheaper than going to the dentist, but in that instance you are paying for convenience, not quality . Plus, here at Alpine Smiles, we’re offering FREE professional whitening (a $300 value) to new patients with a full dental exam, x-rays, cleaning and acceptable oral health. Call us today to schedule your appointment! 928-774-9553
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Speed
When it comes to quick whitening, most at-home kits will promise immediate results, but it is unlikely that you’re going to have stark white teeth after one use. Additionally, the concentration of bleach in at-home kits can cause sensitivity and pain!  To get the results they promise, you will have to continuously use them on a regular basis, leading to more sensitivity. If you go to have your teeth whitened by your dentist, it will be over in less than two hours and that’s it!
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Safety
One of the most important factors of teeth whitening is safety. Using chemicals on your body in any way has the potential to be dangerous. At-home products can be safe – if they are used correctly. There is a lot of room for error when whitening yourself. But if you go to your dentist, safety will be maintained at all times.
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Results
So which one gives you the whitest teeth? Without question, in-office whitening.  Some people report good results with at-home kit; however, many other people have had terrible experiences with them. They are pretty hit and miss, and if they don’t work, you have wasted your money. If you get your teeth whitened by your dentist, you can feel much more confident that you will get the results you want.
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Both at-home whitening kits and going to your dentist are options if you want whiter teeth. However, your dentist is in a much better position to give you the results you want in a timely manner.
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If you have any questions, please feel free to comment or call our office at 928-774-9554.
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Your friend,
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Joedi
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Dr. Joedi Pasut
Alpine Smiles Family Dentistry
1600 W. University Ave #113
Flagstaff, AZ 86001
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