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Do over-the-counter teeth whitening products really work?

February 12, 2014
Posted By: Dr. Cassidy Bray
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The array of teeth whitening products available at your drugstore can be truly overwhelming. There are teeth whitening toothpastes, strips, take-home kits, and more. How do you decide which products will really provide the results you’re looking for? How much money do you have to spend until you see results?

It’s clear from the sheer number of products out there that teeth whitening is the most popular cosmetic treatment for improving a dull and dreary smile. More people than ever are taking advantage of any teeth whitening option that promises to turn back the clock and restore their teeth to their bright, youthful appearance. But how effective are all these over-the-counter products, and do they work as well as professional teeth whitening at Deep River Family & Cosmetic Dentistry?

Drugstore Teeth Whitening – The Lineup

Let’s start by taking a look at some of the products currently available and what they actually do vs. what they claim to do.

  • Teeth Whitening Toothpastes: All toothpastes contain a mild abrasive help to remove stains from the surface of your teeth. Whitening toothpastes usually contain a polishing agent for additional stain removal. Toothpastes that claim to whiten your teeth can be helpful in removing surface stains but do not contain bleach.
  • Whitening Strips: The surface of teeth whitening strips is coated with peroxide that removes stains and discoloration from the surface of your teeth. The strips are made of a thin elastic material stretched over your teeth so they do not come into full contact with all surfaces and can provide uneven results. If you don’t follow the directions, you can overuse the strips and actually damage your tooth enamel.
  • Teeth Whitening Kits: These kits include the whitening gel and a generic whitening tray that you “boil and bite” so that it fits over your teeth. The tray may cover more surface area of your teeth than whitening strips, but it won’t fit like a custom whitening tray. This can allow whitening gel to leak out and irritate your gums.

Teeth WhiteningBenefits of Professional Take-Home Teeth Whitening Kits

The truth is that none of the above products can even come close to providing the dramatic results that are achieved with professional take-home kits provided by Deep River Family & Cosmetic Dentistry. The primary reason is that the concentration of bleach in professional teeth whitening kits is much higher. This means your teeth get whiter faster, with a noticeable difference in just a few days of use.

A professional take-home whitening kit also includes a custom whitening tray that is made using impressions of your teeth taken at our office. Since the tray fits your teeth perfectly, the whitening gel comes into full contact with all surfaces of your teeth, and the results are consistent and uniform.

The bottom line is that professional take-home teeth whitening kits give you better control of the process, help avoid sensitivity, and optimize results to enhance your overall smile. Please contact our office to learn how professional teeth whitening can amp up your smile easily and affordably.



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