In Office Teeth Whitening Vs Over The Counter White Strips

In Office Teeth Whitening

Professional teeth whitening in a dental office is the preferred whitening method because even though  stronger agents are applied, the rest of the mouth, including the gums, is protected by these materials. In office whitening is extremely effective and can transform teeth in a single office visit. Your teeth can literally brighten up to ten shades in a single hour. In office whitening affects only the eight front teeth and is a great jump star for take-home whitening, which is always a part of an effective whitening program. Your dentist is best qualified to handle any issues that may arise from whitening treatments, such as tooth sensitivity. Today most tooth sensitivity is managed.

Over The Counter Whitening

Commercially available tooth whitening systems have become popular, mainly because they’re relatively inexpensive and easy to use. There are few over the counter tooth whitening methods that can be purchased without your dentist’s supervision. They include whitening strips, paint on tooth gel, mouth trays with gel, whitening toothpaste, and even whitening gum. These are typically safe products to use, but it’s always best to ask your dentist before using any of these products. Keep in mind, when coming to a dentist you have trays that are fit perfectly to your mouth, over the counter whitening trays don’t fit to your teeth and can leak whitening and irritate your gums. Also, you may not get the desired look you are going for when using over the counter whitening.  

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