Professional Whitening Vs. OTC Whitening Treatments

teeth whitening professional vs OTC

People love a beautiful smile, and teeth whitening can help enhance the radiance of your smile. Maintaining good oral hygiene is important to make sure your teeth stay healthy. When your teeth are in optimal health, tooth whitening is a cosmetic procedure that can take them to the next level. 

What Is Teeth Whitening?

Teeth whitening is the process of improving the appearance of teeth by removing surface stains. Specialized dental bleaching solutions break stains into smaller pieces, which in turn lightens the color and improves the overall appearance of teeth.

While some patients may wish to restore the natural color of their teeth, other patients may be interested in options to improve the appearance of their teeth beyond their natural color.

Teeth whitening is a very popular treatment, as most people agree that a bold, bright, beautiful smile might be their best asset when they interview for a new job or enjoy their memories with loved ones in pictures and videos.

Different Teeth Whitening Treatments

All whitening products contain hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide chemicals that help lighten & improve the appearance of discolored or stained teeth. There are various forms of treatment options like in-office whitening, prescribed at-home bleaching procedures, over-the-counter bleaching kits, and whitening dentifrices. From all these options it might be difficult to decide which treatment option is best for you, so here are some things to keep in mind. 

OTC whitening treatments

Over-the-counter (OTC) whitening treatments do not require a prescription from your dentist or local pharmacy. There are different OTC whitening products available in supermarkets, drug stores, and on the internet at different price ranges. These products include but are not limited to rinses, paint-on brushes, chewing gums, and whitening strips. Although OTC whitening treatments help remove superficial stains and can be done at home, user error, confusing instructions, and incorrect solution concentration can give mixed results. Patients who have used OTC whitening methods in the past have experienced:

  • white spots

  • uneven whitening

  • increased sensitivity in their teeth

Why Choose Professional Teeth Whitening?

While mass-produced, at-home kits might be a cheaper option, consider that professional teeth whitening is a safer and more effective investment. Professional teeth whitening at Glow Dental in New York City creates more effective results in a shorter amount of time. Our doctors or a trained teeth whitening specialist will administer a treatment tailored to your sensitivity level without exposing you to the highly-acidic over-the-counter options.

Professional treatment also means stronger whitening solutions, skilled positioning & application, and a safe & comfortable office for treatment.

What to expect?

Glow Dental offers personalized and safe teeth whitening treatments that are tailored to your cosmetic goals. To prepare your teeth for whitening, your teeth will first need to be cleaned to remove any excess plaque and tartar. This allows for an even application of the whitening agent. Once your teeth are cleaned a protective film will be applied around your gums to prevent irritation from the whitening solution.

The whitening agent is then applied to the surface of your teeth. Once in place, the whitener will need to remain on your teeth for about 30-60 minutes. Depending on the shade that you selected, a special activator light may be used to improve the results. The whitener will then be rinsed from the teeth after the treatment is complete. It is normal to experience some sensitivity or tingling sensation for a few minutes after the procedure, but most people do not experience any post-treatment discomfort. With no downtime or recovery time, you will be ready to go with no restrictions.

Consulting with a dental professional is the best way to obtain the healthiest smile without hurting or damaging your teeth. The misuse of OTC whitening products can cause irreversible damage that can be difficult to restore or treat. Professionally prescribed bleaching agents are more effective in safely whitening your teeth than other bleaching products that have damaging effects on your teeth. It is also extremely important to remember that even if you use a teeth whitening product at home, good oral hygiene is the best way to keep your teeth strong and healthy.