Teeth whitening is performed when you, our patient, desires a whiter, brighter smile.
Whitening helps hide discoloration and staining.
While at home whitening kits do offer a cheaper solution, getting it done professionally ensures consistent results on all teeth or just the few that may be affected by discoloration, and you can see the results instantly.
What you may not know is that some teeth cannot be whitened using the peroxide solutions used at home.
Teeth that have been veneered or restored to match the surrounding teeth will not react the same way your regular teeth will, thus producing an uneven result.
Teeth too badly damaged from root canals or internal staining will not likely react to the whitening solutions either due to the damage they have already incurred, and hypersensitive teeth will often become more sensitive after using over-the-counter solutions.
Teeth whitening completed in a dental office setting is much more effective because it is done with higher concentration of the active medical ingredient hydrogen peroxide.
Ideally, Dental office whitening should be followed up with maintenance whitenings with take home kits to maintain the longevity of your whiter smile.