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Over-the-Counter vs. Professional Teeth Whitening 

Nov 23 2021

Have you been thinking about ways to improve your confidence and your appearance? One easy cosmetic improvement is teeth whitening. Teeth whitening is quick, relatively inexpensive, and can yield results that you—and others—can really see. Before you dive into a home-whitening kit, here’s what you should know about the differences between over-the-counter and professional teeth whitening. To learn more, reach out to the professionals at Distinctive Dental Solutions directly. 

What’s the Difference Between Over-the-Counter vs. Professional Teeth Whitening?

Over-the-counter whitening refers to purchasing some sort of whitening product at your local grocery store or drug store and then using the product at home without the guidance or supervision of a dental professional. At-home whitening products include gels, strips, toothpastes, and rinses. Usually, these products need to be used for a number of weeks, or even months, in order to yield results.

Professional teeth whitening, on the other hand, refers to an in-office teeth whitening process that’s performed by your dentist. This is usually a single visit that involves a more potent bleaching product that gives same-day results. 

What Are the Advantages and Drawbacks of Each?

At-home products can be great for those who are looking for a low-cost whitening option. What’s more, many at-home products have improved over the years and do offer results, even if those results aren’t immediate. The biggest disadvantages of at-home treatments are that they are often ineffective, can cause sensitivity (even when used correctly), and may not evenly whiten crooked or overlapping teeth. 

Professional whitening is a much better option in terms of effectiveness. Professional whitening can give immediate results, and can evening whiten all teeth, even if they are crooked or overlapping. The biggest downside to professional whitening is that it is more expensive than over-the-counter options. However, because it is so much more effective and safer, many patients find that long-term, it is an upfront expense that is often worth the cost. 

How Can I Learn More About Professional Teeth Whitening Near Me?

If you have been thinking about whitening your teeth, the best place to get started is by scheduling a consultation with a professional dentist near you. Even if you cannot afford professional teeth whitening, your dentist can recommend an over-the-counter option that is more effective than other available products. Keep in mind, though, that no over-the-counter products will come even close to offering the results that a professional whitening service will.

To learn more about professional teeth whitening services, call Distinctive Dental Solutions today. We are accepting new patients. 

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