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Teeth Whitening: Professional Versus Over-the-Counter

A whiter smile can help you feel confident and even look younger. Unfortunately, it’s not always easy to keep your teeth bright. Whether it was a past smoking habit, love for coffee or the natural aging process, it is common for teeth to lose their brilliant hue and appear dingy over time. This has led many people to seek teeth whitening treatment. However, the following question typically arises: do you buy a teeth whitening kit from the local drug store or do you visit your dentist for professional whitening?

There are significant advantages to choosing your dentist to whiten your teeth, both in terms of your dental health and your cosmetic results. Here are three main reasons why professional teeth whitening is superior to an over-the-counter whitening alternative.

Safer
While most teeth whitening kits on the store shelves have been cleared by the FDA, your at-home treatment will not be monitored by a dentist. If used too frequently or incorrectly, store-bought whitening kits can cause teeth sensitivity and even soft tissues damage in the form of chemical burns on your gums. In contrast, a professional whitening session begins with a thorough evaluation from your dentist, this ensures your oral health is in check and that any adverse effects from teeth whitening are avoided.

Faster
Most professional or laser whitening treatments, such as ZOOM! Whitening, deliver results in a single office visit of about an hour! With an over-the-counter product or whitening strips, the typical treatment time is weeks or months to achieve the same results. From a standpoint of convenience and time, a visit to your dentist for teeth whitening makes more sense.

More Effective
Not only is professional teeth whitening backed by your dentist, it is also customized for your unique smile. This greatly increases the effectiveness. Your dentist will ensure that each crevice and groove of your smile is bleached evenly and effectively. A store-bought kit, however, is a “one-size-fits-all” approach, which may be ineffective when it comes to your specific teeth.

If you want to brighten your smile, consider the strong benefits of professional teeth whitening. While it may seem more budget-friendly to try a product from your grocery store, the safety, effectiveness and convenience of a professional whitening session at your dental office can often make up for the dollar difference.

Posted on behalf of:

Farhan Qureshi, DDS

5206 Dawes Avenue
Alexandria, VA 22311
(703) 931-4544

 

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