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By David Cooley, DDS
September 21, 2016
Category: Oral Health

Do you want a whiter, brighter smile but aren't sure if professional or over-the-counter whitening is the best choice? Dr. David Cooley, teeth whiteningyour Kalamazoo, MI dentist, shares some information that will help you choose.

Which is best: professional whitening or over-the-counter?

  • Results: Over-the-counter products are effective in lightening your teeth, but the results may only last a few weeks or months. If you're just looking for a quick boost, an over-the-counter product may be a good choice. However, if you want more long-lasting results, professional whitening is the better option. After a professional treatment, your teeth will stay whiter for several years with proper care.
  • Strength: Hydrogen peroxide is the active ingredient in professional and over-the-counter whitening products. Because drugstore products contain weaker hydrogen peroxide solutions, you may need to use the kits for weeks or months before your teeth begin to lighten. Since professional treatments contain stronger solutions, you'll only need one treatment to brighten your smile.
  • Time: When whitening takes weeks, it's much easier to forget to apply the over-the-counter product faithfully. Unfortunately, if you don't keep up with the whitening schedule, your results may be affected. When you visit your dentist's office in Kalamazoo for a whitening treatment, you'll experience the full effects of whitening in just one hour. If you value your time, professional whitening is a better choice.
  • Safety: Hydrogen peroxide can damage and irritate your cheeks and gums if you don't protect them adequately. Keeping teeth whitening products from these sensitive areas can sometimes be a challenge if you're using a store-bought kit. Unfortunately, sensitivity can last for days or weeks. If you're concerned about sensitivity, professional whitening offers a safer option. Before your whitening session begins, your dentist will apply a protective gel to your root and gums and keep your cheeks and lips from coming in contact with the hydrogen peroxide by using retractors.

Professional teeth whitening offers a simple, safe way to brighten your smile. Call Dr. Cooley, your Kalamazoo, MI dentist, at (269) 345-1021 to schedule a teeth whitening appointment.