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Many people feel that their teeth are not as white as they’d like them to be. There are many reasons why teeth darken including: the natural aging process, regularly drinking tea or coffee, or smoking. Medication can also turn teeth several shades darker. Sadly, some stains cannot be removed if they are caused by medication; however, virtually all other types of stains can be effectively lightened using two techniques: at-home whitening or professional whitening done by your dentist. So which is best for you? Along with family dentistry, Dr. Franklin and his team offer a wide array of cosmetic dentistry including whitening.

If price is the bottomline, over-the-counter whitening kits are great but are not as effective as their professional counterparts. Having your teeth whitened by a professional is very effective. The amount you spend is a direct investment in how you look and feel. When comparing each method, consult Dr. Todd Franklin and his team to ensure the best results in cosmetic dentistry.

Here are some basics facts about at-home whitening vs in-office whitening:

At-Home Whitening
There are a variety of methods to whiten your teeth at home that include:

  • Whitening strips are convenient and relatively don’t cost much. Applying them is easy as you simply place the strip directly onto your teeth for a specific amount of time. Generally, these strips are used once a day for about 7 days.
  • Whitening pastes and gels that are used in conjunction with plastic trays are also used for a certain number of days. Basically, the trays are usually made out of plastic and are one-size-fits-all. They may prove to be uncomfortable if the shape of your mouth and teeth don’t conform.
  • Whitening toothpaste is very common and can easily be used as part of your daily oral health routine; in addition, you may also use whitening mouthwashes. You may need to use these products constantly to achieve minimal results depending on how severe your stains.

In-Office Whitening
If you are looking for maximum impact in minimal time, in-office whitening is your best option. Many patients report immediate and significant changes in the color of their teeth. As a result, they are often the better option for people looking to produce a dramatic change to the color of their teeth.

Typically, Dr. Franklin applies the whitening formula directly onto your teeth. We typically ask you to relax in our comfortable chairs for 30 – 60 minutes as the application begins to do its work. Office whitening formulas become activated by heat, specialized lighting, or even by the use of a laser. Most patients have reported noticeable whitening after just one application of the formula; however, Dr. Franklin and his team recommend several appointments for a more dramatic change in tooth color. Whether it’s family dentistry or cosmetic dentistry, contact Dr. Franklin today.