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By Susan Pearson, D.D.S.
January 05, 2015
Category: Oral Health
Tags: cleanings  

People looking to whiten their teeth generally have two options: Take the do-it-yourself approach or seek professional treatment through their dentist offices. Over-the-counter whitening kits are fairly inexpensive and easy to use, which is what makes them so popular, but in-office whitening treatments offer several advantages for people seeking a brighter smile, as well.

Nearly all adults (99.7%) think a white smile is important to their social lives, and 74% think discolored teeth can hurt career ambitions, according to a survey from the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. The good news is both in-office and over-the-counter teeth-whitening solutions will help you achieve that whiter smile you desire. They employ similar processes, but you should be aware of the differences before deciding what treatment you'd like to pursue. The experts at the dental office of Dr. Susan Pearson in Silver Spring, MD, can answer any questions about professional or in-home teeth-whitening solutions.


It's nice to have the option of whitening your teeth at home, while washing the dishes or watching TV, which is one of the most attractive aspects of over-the-counter whitening treatments. Such products include whitening agents you paint onto your teeth, whitening strips, bleach trays and whitening toothpaste.

Visiting the dentist may not be as easy as whitening your teeth from the comfort of your own home, but it's still a simple process to schedule and undergo.


Professional whitening services provide the most long-lasting and drastic improvements, because dentists can deliver the treatment with precision and expertise required to achieve the maximum results. Over-the-counter treatments can help you whiten your teeth by several shades, as well, in a convenient, low-cost way.


Some tooth-whitening agents, like those found in tooth-whitening toothpaste, can increase tooth sensitivity and even wear down tooth enamel.

Dentist-supervised whitening allows adjustments to accommodate the most sensitive of teeth, as well as make adjustments to a variety of treatments to ensure comfort. Professional whitening allows you to receive custom-fit trays and deliver the whitening agents in a way that will not irritate your gums or other parts of your mouth.

Finding the best way to improve your smile is a conversation you should have with your dentist, no matter the route you choose. For more information on professional teeth whitening services in the Silver Spring, MD, area,, call Dr. Susan Pearson's office at (301) 649-2203.












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