Professional Teeth Whitening vs. Over-The-Counter Whitening
If you’ve considered professional teeth whitening, you know that these treatments offer the fastest and most dramatic results. In-office and at-home systems are available, although most dentists recommend in-office systems for more immediate, better results. While less expensive, over-the-counter whitening strips and trays can take much longer to show results because they don’t fit as snugly around your teeth. This can create an uneven or blotchy effect.
Over-the-counter treatments are less effective than professional teeth whitening for several reasons. First, they are not customized to fit your mouth. Instead, they use a one-size-fits-all approach that is only comfortable for some. Second, the gels used in these products are less powerful than the ones used by our dentist, so your results will be less dramatic. Finally, many store-bought products don’t contain fluoride or other protective ingredients for your enamel.