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The Difference between Whitening and Bleaching

Advances in cosmetic dentistry have allowed both teeth whitening and teeth bleaching to become safer and much more common than they have been in the past. Most people want their smiles to be bright and white, and both of these procedures can help a person achieve this. However, many people mistakenly use the terms bleaching and whitening interchangeably, but they are actually quite different. Understanding the difference between whitening and bleaching can help you decide which procedure is right for you.

If you or someone you know is interested in whitening or bleaching his or her smile, contact an experienced Austin dentist of BridgeView Dental today by calling our office at 512-347-8299. We can consult with you about different procedures and help you decide which you’d like to invest in.

Understanding the Difference

Although bleaching may seem the same as whitening, it’s actually a subset of whitening. Bleaching is a form of whitening that takes a tooth’s color to a level of whiteness beyond its natural color, while whitening simply restores a tooth to its natural level of whiteness. General differences between bleaching and whitening involve differences in:

  • Strength of whitening product
  • After-effects, such as tooth and gum sensitivity
  • Depth of whiteness
  • Frequency of treatments
  • Cost

These differences might influence a person’s decision when choosing between bleaching and whitening. Both procedures are safe and affordable when you find a dentist that you trust and that fits your budget.

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