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Professional take-home teeth whitening kits available from your dentist contain a high concentration of hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide and provide excellent results in 1 to 2 weeks of prescribed use. Custom-fit trays keep the whitening solution on the surface of the tooth to be whitened, and allow for only slight exposure of the solution to the sensitive gingival area. The cost of take-home whitening is considerably lower than in-office whitening.
The Procedure for Obtaining a Take-Home Whitening Kit
The typical procedure followed in the dental office to obtain an in-home teeth whitening kit would be:
- Impressions are taken of your upper and lower teeth and sent to the dental laboratory to make your trays. It will normally take 1 to 2 weeks for the dental lab to make your trays. The initial shade of your teeth is recorded in your dental chart for comparison when whitening has been completed.
- An appointment will be made to show you how to dispense the teeth whitening solution in the trays and give you detailed instructions to follow. Take-home teeth whitening is typically used less than one hour a day for two weeks, and can be used for touch-up applications thereafter. Certain brands may be worn overnight for your convenience. Always brush and floss your teeth before placing the trays in your mouth, and avoid eating, drinking, or smoking while wearing the trays and for approximately 30 minutes after teeth whitening.
- A follow-up appointment is made to track your results and determine the final shade of your teeth.
Professional Take-Home Teeth Whitening Kits
An alternative to in-office teeth whitening is professional take home teeth whitening kits
As it sounds, take home teeth whitening kits allow the individual to perform the tooth-whitening process at home, rather than in a dentist’s office. Take-home teeth whitening kits are typically less expensive than in-office teeth whitening, and allow the patient to maintain their white smile for years to come.