Teeth Whitening Options: From In-Office Treatments to DIY Kits

Illustration of man whitening a lady's teeth with paintbrushGetting whiter, brighter teeth has become an obsession for many people, and the cosmetic dental industry has responded with an impressive array of teeth-whitening products. There are DIY kits you can purchase at your local drugstore or discount market, take-home kits you buy from your dentist, and in-office whitening done by your dentist. There are even TikTok videos demonstrating how to whiten your teeth with ingredients you find at home.

A Word of Caution

We’ll review some of the most popular methods so you can make an informed, safe choice when brightening your teeth. But first, we caution you to avoid trying the many unusual teeth-whitening routines you see in TikTok videos suggesting everything from activated charcoal to blends of baking soda and hydrogen peroxide.

Stay away from these home remedies. While hydrogen peroxide is an ingredient in professional-grade teeth whitening kits, it is blended precisely to avoid burning your delicate gum tissue. Charcoal and baking soda are both abrasives that can wear away tooth enamel.

In-Office Teeth Whitening

At Kenilworth Dental Associates, we offer two kinds of in-office teeth whitening – Zoom and LaserSmile. We have tested both extensively and found them to be safe, effective, and long-lasting without damage to our patient’s teeth. Lightening your teeth in our office allows us to carefully monitor your comfort and ensure the gel works properly without irritating your gums.

We can use a higher concentration of hydrogen peroxide in-office, ensuring the whitest possible results. With Zoom and LaserSmile, just an hour in the dental chair can result in teeth that are several shades lighter – perfect for an upcoming event or vacation!

Take-Home Kits from Dr. Dani

Dr. Dani also offers Zoom Whitening take-home kits to her patients. With a Zoom take-home kit, your smile can be six shades lighter in just three nights. Some patients use the take-home kit as a stand-alone treatment, using a custom-fitted tray and whitening gel while they sleep. Some patients with severely discolored teeth may use a take-home Zoom kit to continue whitening their teeth after an initial in-office treatment to “kick things up a notch.”

How are Zoom Take-Home Kits Different from the Whitening Kits You Order Online?

Several things make our Zoom take-home whitening kits superior to the generic whitening kits you often see in stores and online, including:

  • Dani custom fits your bleaching trays for a snug fit and complete coverage of each tooth, something a generic kit cannot provide.
  • Zoom take-home kits have the appropriate amount of hydrogen peroxide to maximize whitening without burning surrounding tissue.
  • Each Zoom take-home kit has the precise level of bleaching agent appropriate for your teeth to maximize results without irritating surrounding tissues.
  • Dani monitors your progress to ensure your teeth and gums remain healthy
  • Throughout your teeth-whitening journey when you use products purchased through Kenilworth Dental Associates.

The best way to achieve brighter, whiter teeth safely is to consult Dr. Dani at Kenilworth Dental Associates. She will examine your oral health, discuss your whitening goals, and recommend the best – and safest – teeth whitening option based on your goals, timeline, and budget. If you want to learn more about how we can turn your dingy smile into a dazzling one, please get in touch with our office at Kenilworth Dental Associates Office Phone Number (847) 256-7700.