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In-Office VS. Take-Home Whitening

Trying to decide on a dental whitening procedure can be confusing.
If you're considering whitening your teeth with Dr. Gregory Skinner of Skinner Family Dentistry in Roanoke, VA, you're in good company. Tooth whitening is now the leading cosmetic dental procedure, with an estimated 100 million Americans seeking a brighter smile. This teeth whiteningsurge in popularity means that dental bleaching is extremely accessible and affordable, with dozens of options to choose from. With so many choices out there, it's important to make an informed decision about using over- the-counter whitening products or making a trip to your Roanoke dentist's office for a bleaching procedure.
Whitening your teeth at home using over-counter products such as can be convenient and fairly inexpensive. From gels to toothpastes to whitening strips, you may notice there is quite a bit of overlap in store-bought treatments and those you can take home from your dentist's office.

The main difference in these products is the overall concentration and  quality of the bleaching material and the delivery method used. For instance, the trays that Dr. Skinner makes for whitening gels will be customized to fit your teeth, ensuring direct contact with all tooth surfaces. One-size-fits-all trays are often too large and can cause irritation if too much of the bleaching agent comes in contact with the soft tissues in your mouth. With your Roanoke dentist overseeing the bleaching process, you can be sure you are using the best product for your teeth. You also have immediate access to a dental professional who can answer any questions you may have.
If your lifestyle or family history has left your teeth less than sparkling, visit Dr. Gregory Skinner of Skinner Family Dentistry in Roanoke, VA to make a positive change in your smile!

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