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1755 Old York Road, Abington, PA 19001

Do-It-Yourself and Professional Teeth Whitening – Which Is Best?

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If your teeth appear yellow or brown due to coffee, tea, and wine stains, your age, or your tobacco habits, your self-confidence might be lacking. Fortunately, you have several options for getting your gorgeous smile back. Over-the-counter treatments don’t cost much, and they can produce good results if your teeth are moderately discolored. These products include whitening toothpastes, strips, and brush-on gels. If you have intense staining, chairside teeth bleaching can provide immediate and dramatic results. Your dentist can also create custom whitening trays, so you can whiten your teeth gradually at home.

How Does At-Home Teeth Whitening Work?
Teeth whitening toothpastes remove stains through the actions of chemical agents and mild abrasives that polish surface stains away. Abrasive toothpaste can lighten your teeth by about one shade. Whitening strips and brush-on gels contain bleaching agents that lighten teeth gradually over a period of days or weeks. Tray-based systems use a similar bleaching method and may be purchased over the counter or through your dentist.

How Does Professional Teeth Bleaching Work?
Professional teeth whitening procedures use stronger bleaching agents and involve several additional steps. A protective gel or dental guard is placed over your gums before the product is applied to your teeth. The effects of the bleach are enhanced by the application of heat or a special laser light. Results are immediate and dramatic; teeth can be lightened up to seven shades with some treatments.

Professional Teeth Whitening vs. Over-the-Counter Whitening Products

  • Over-the-counter products use only 10% peroxide concentrations compared to professional teeth whitening systems, which use up to 43%.
  • Over-the-counter products are inexpensive and readily available; professional teeth bleaching services cost significantly more.
  • Professional teeth whitening systems include a custom tray created by impressions of your teeth to ensure maximum contact with the bleaching agent.
  • Many in-office procedures can produce immediate, dramatic results in an hour or less. At-home treatments must be used for several weeks to achieve maximum results.
  • Professionally supervised teeth bleaching offers additional benefits like treatment of tooth sensitivity caused by whitening agents and personalized results for patients with restorations or complex dental histories.

To get the dental care you deserve from an affordable dentist in Abington, call Drs. Finkelman & Machlus, DDS today at (215) 310-5826 or make an appointment.

Drs. Finkelman & Machlus, DDS offers affordable family dentistry and gentle, compassionate dental care in Abington. Our office is conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. At Drs. Finkelman & Machlus, DDS, we provide most dental services, from basic preventative care and general dentistry to specialized procedures and complete dental reconstruction. We accept most dental insurance plans and offer affordable financial solutions for any budget. Patient satisfaction is our top priority and we strive to provide the exceptional, affordable dental care and personal touch that lead to lasting relationships. A smiling patient is our greatest reward and we look forward to keeping those smiles healthy, beautiful, and bright. Discover an affordable dentist who truly cares at Drs. Finkelman & Machlus, DDS.

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So painless that I fell asleep during a root canal.
Terrell C.
Very caring and professional staff
Harra H.
Dr. Machlus and his team are very caring and meticulous in their work.
Irving T.
No complaints at all - Dr. Finkelman was kind and considerate of how I felt.
Anonymous
For a procedure I dread, both dentist and assitant were sensitive and explained what they were doing.
Cathy R.
The staff was very friendly and I received a very thorough examination.
Cindy S.
Dr. Machlus almost makes going to the dentist pleasant, as much possible by being pleasant, that is. He is a caring man, and not only a doctor but a […]
Arthur V.
Dr. Machlus and Donna are very patient and caring!!
Denise G.
As a person that has great anxiety when it comes to dentists, Dr. Machlus was exceptional. The entire staff was warm and welcoming. They were […]
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Patrick M.
The staff and Doctors are wonderful. I went in thinking I had a cavity. My appointment was at 4:30 pm and the office closed at 5:00pm. It turned out […]
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excellent visit to the dentist....everyone was friendly and efficient....state of the art office equipment
Cheryl H.
I had a question of an item Dr Finkleman had done to my mouth. I returned and he explained again and things are perfect.
Audrey R.
Dr. Machlus is the most caring and skilled Dentist. His staff are just as warm and professional.
Harra H.
I had an excellent experience. I recovered quickly from my root canal.
Nyoka M.
personable, professional, proficient
Richard C.
Have been with Dr. Machlus for many, many years. He is always the professional and you leave his office knowing that you were in good hands. He only […]
Daniel B.
Dr. Machlus and his staff are very thorough, gentle, caring health professionals.
Irving T.
Dr. Finkelman was great!
Madalynn S.
Good experience. Well explained.
Craig N.
My experience with the doctor I was very pleased! Thank you for making my visited a pleasantly one.
Connie P.
Professional and Caring.
Deborah D.
Dr. Machlus was wonderful with my daughter. He explained everything that he was going to do and made sure she was comfortable the entire visit.
Elizabeth D.
I only see doctor Finkelman so my referances will be for him and his work.
Anonymous
All the dentists I have been to these two know what to do...I used to ask my old dentist what he's doing today with dr machlus I just let him do his […]
Christoph D.
Excellent level of care.
Irving T.
Excellent customer service and expert dental work.
Bobbie B.
Dr. Machlus and Donna are wonderful!! Very kind and gentle!!
Denise G.
Dr. Finkelman is wonderful; staff is pleasant and efficient. The music in the exam room was too loud for my taste.
Christine C.
Have been coming to this office for many, many years. I am always treated with respect and professionally.
Pat D.
My anxiety was high while waiting to have my small procedure done, however I put right at ease when I sat in the chair. Although timely, I was made […]
Jennifer R.
Dr. Stephen Finkelman and his staff are wonderful. I know that I am in good hands whenever I go. The office is clean, the staff is friendly and they […]
Dianne G.
I had a pleasant experience! Everyone was so friendly, and the service was so quick.
Khadijah B.
Very nice staff, was a little nervous and embarrassed about my teeth but they made me feel at ease.
Anonymous
Could not ask for a more a courteous, efficient and professional staff and satisfying outcome.
Richard C.
Taken right on time. Treated in a professional manner. Almost getting to be fun----
Pat D.
Very kind and great service.
Kiri R.
Great service, excellent work, cheerful staff. What more could you want?
Patrick M.
No waiting. Dr. Finkelman explained each process as it took place.
Carol M.
Always a very satisfied patient. Good careful treatment. Appointments are efficient and work is top notch.
Richard H.
Everyone was excellent!
Barton A.
Over the years I've had many Dentists ranging from one really bad one to the absolute best, Dr. Finkelman. Thank you!
Paul S.
I always feel confident that my teeth are in the best hands when Dr. Machlus is treating me. Thank you.
Rhea C.
We love Dr. Machlus!!!
Anonymous
Fabulous job. I was in and out in a half hour, and the novacaine wore off by the time I got home. The filling looks fantastic, and the tooth issues […]
Patrick M.
Always a great experience. Hardly any pain and very caring. Informs you of every step as he does it.
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