So, you're thinking about whitening your teeth at home, huh? Well, before you stick on those strips or sign up for at-home trays with your dentist, there are a few things to consider. 

Many at-home whitening kits require 15-30 minutes every day for up to a month to achieve noticeable results. You'll then need to maintain your results on a weekly basis after that. 

Potential for misuse

At-home teeth whitening kits often come with instructions that need to be followed precisely to achieve optimal results. Not following instructions correctly can result in ineffective or even harmful outcomes.

Sensitivity and discomfort
Teeth whitening can cause sensitivity and discomfort in the teeth and gums, but with some DIY kits it can often be difficult to avoid touching the gums with the active ingredients that can irritate the soft tissues in the mouth. 

Limited effectiveness
Some at-home teeth whitening kits may not be as effective as in-studio treatments, especially for people with stubborn stains or discoloration.

Lack of customization
At-home teeth whitening kits are not typically customized to fit the individual needs of each person. Even with custom trays made by a dentist for at-home use, you may not know how much or how often you'll need to keep up with at-home whitening to achieve or maintain your results. 

Risk of exacerbating dental issues
People with underlying dental problems, such as cavities, gum disease, or exposed tooth roots, should avoid using at-home teeth whitening kits. Using these kits can exacerbate these issues and cause further damage.

While at-home teeth whitening can be a convenient and cost-friendly option, your decision should take into consideration the above factors. You can also consider leaving behind the stress, mess and goop of DIY whitenings and opt for the newest way to effortlessly brighten teeth in-studio at The Gleamery. 

The Gleamery whitenings take just 30 minutes for results that you'd otherwise achieve in 30 days with at-home white strips. Applied by a hygienist, your gums are protected and there will be no sensitivity or discomfort with the Glo Pro formula for Teeth Whitening — the most innovative and effortless whitening for our clients.

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