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Professional vs. Do-It-Yourself Teeth Whitening

December 27, 2021
Posted By: Southlake Dental

It's impossible not to be inundated with options for brightening your smile when you visit your local drug or grocery store. However, it can feel overwhelming, and it may be hard to choose the best option for your smile.

Before you take the plunge and purchase an over-the-counter teeth bleaching product, talk with your dentist about your options for professional teeth whitening.

Why Choose Professional Teeth Whitening in Merrillville?

Whitening your smile under the supervision of your dentist is advisable because they can help you with any concerns that might arise, like tooth sensitivity. In addition, your dentist can recommend the right prescription for a high-strength whitening gel that will help you achieve the results you want without causing your teeth to be sensitive.

The whitening gel that you find at the store is typically lower in strength to protect consumers from harming their gums or enduring tooth sensitivity during the whitening process. While this is good for protecting your teeth, it also means that it may take longer for you to achieve the results you want. The truth is, you may never be able to achieve those results with an over-the-counter product. 

Your dentist also creates teeth whitening trays with impressions taken of your teeth, so they are customized just for your smile. Custom trays achieve better results while protecting your gums from whitening gel that might escape and cause discomfort.

How Professional Teeth Whitening Works

When you choose to whiten your smile at Southlake Dental, we'll start by taking impressions of your teeth. Then, we use those impressions to create customized bleaching trays. Next, Dr. Lukasik prescribes a whitening gel for you based on your smile goals and tooth sensitivity, and you'll use the gel and your trays at home to whiten your teeth. Most patients achieve their desired results in about two weeks, and then they have their trays available to brighten their teeth whenever they like.

Are You Looking for Professional Teeth Whitening Near Me?

Look no further than Southlake Dental to brighten your smile! Call us today at (219) 769-6424 for more information about teeth whitening in Merrillville.


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