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The Difference Between At Home And Professional Teeth Whitening

Why is getting teeth whitening treatment from your dentist, Dr. Alka Mahajan of Progressive Dental Care, better than doing it at home yourself? Understanding the difference between at-home and professional teeth whitening in Fairfax, VA, will help you choose the best one for you.

At-Home Teeth Whitening

At-home teeth whitening involves using over-the-counter teeth whitening products such as whitening toothpaste, strips, lights, and kits. These products work by breaking down teeth stains with hydrogen peroxide. However, their hydrogen peroxide concentration is too low to give you dramatic results. You may need multiple at-home treatments to see changes.

Over-the-counter teeth whitening procedures may cost less than professional teeth whitening treatment but they don't give the same immediate dazzling results. Bleaching your teeth at home using over-the-counter teeth whitening products also has its risks. At-home teeth whitening products such as abrasive teeth whitening toothpaste can damage your enamel. Tooth sensitivity may also result from using at-home teeth whitening products.

Professional Teeth Whitening

You can get professional teeth whitening in Fairfax, VA, from your dentist. Your dentist uses an effective tooth whitening solution containing hydrogen peroxide to clean your teeth' stains. You can get GLO in-office teeth-whitening treatment from your dentist. During this procedure, your dentist covers your gums for protection before applying the teeth whitening solution in trays to your teeth.

After applying the teeth bleaching solution, your dentist will put special light on your teeth as part of the teeth bleaching process. The entire GLO in-office teeth-whitening treatment takes about two hours to complete.

GLO in-office teeth-whitening treatment from your dentist can get brighten your teeth by up to eight shades. It's more effective and safer than at-home teeth whitening. At the end of your session, your dentist will apply a special gel to your teeth that decrease possible tooth sensitivity from the procedure.

If your dentist determines that your teeth stains are beyond teeth whitening procedures, we will help you get other dental restorations to make your brighter smile a reality.

If you want instantly brighter teeth, consult your dentist. Call (571) 282-4226 to discuss getting teeth whitening in Fairfax, VA, from your dentist, Dr. Mahajan of Progressive Dental Care.

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