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

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Trying to decide between an over-the-counter teeth whitening treatment as opposed to one offered by a dental care professional? While both choices have proved to diminish stains and whiten teeth for many individuals, there are a few key distinctions between store-bought and professional teeth bleaching techniques that may help clear the air on what’s best for you.

According to Dr. Colin Morton, our experienced cosmetic dentist, teeth whitening treatments offered by qualified dental practitioners generally have the following benefits in comparison to over-the-counter methods:

  • The bleaching formula is more powerful, often leading to faster, brighter results
  • Treatment can be custom-tailored based on each person’s specific needs and goals
  • Due to the level of customization, the application process is more controlled, helping to diminish tooth and/or gum sensitivities and irritation
  • Support is provided by a dental expert and his/her skilled team, enabling treatment to be much more efficient and successful

Ultimately, we’re not claiming that over-the-counter products can’t help you achieve the whitening results you desire – many people have significantly brightened their teeth with these types of techniques. That said, visiting a reputable dentist for professional teeth whitening can often help to ensure an ideal shade is attained in the safest, most effective way possible.

For more information about teeth whitening, or to learn about our professional-grade whitening method that can be employed in the convenience of your own home, please don’t hesitate to contact us today.

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