When it comes to whitening your teeth at home, you have two basic options. You can choose professional grade whitening from your dentist or buy an over-the-counter whitening system from your local store. Although it may seem more convenient and affordable to opt for the store-bought products, there are some facts you need to know about the long-term pros and cons of each.
Consider these three factors when choosing an at-home teeth whitening product:
- It is true that most store-bought whitening kits are less expensive than the ones you will get from your dentist. However, what you need to know is that many over-the-counter kits require frequent touch ups to maintain their results, which means buying the kits again and again. At this point, it is wiser to invest in a professional grade whitening kit to use at home so that you an benefit from more effective and long-term results.
- The way your at-home whitening tray fits is very important, not only for the sake of your personal comfort but also in regards to how effective it is. Professionally fitted trays are designed to conform to every groove and crevice of your teeth. Over-the-counter kits are more of a “one size fits all” approach. Therefore, there may be areas in your smile that the whitening gel cannot properly cover or escape, which may produce uneven results or burned gums.
- In terms of how effective a product is, it is typically in your best interest to choose a medical grade product over one you can buy at the local grocery store. Not only are professional strength whitening kits stronger and more effective, but they have been cleared by the strictest safety standards. In addition, if you have stubborn stains or moderate discoloration, over-the-counter products may not work at all. It is always best to consult with your dentist about your specific type of tooth stains, which may include intrinsic staining, those from dark foods and drinks or discoloration caused by a certain medication you are taking.
Before investing in your smile, talk to a dental professional about what is best for you. At Gilreath Family Dentistry, we offer the most proven bleaching methods available. Our Whitening Treatments bring dramatic results while respecting your comfort and safety at all times. Would whiter teeth help you smile more confidently?
Posted on behalf of Dr. Paul Gilreath IV,