Are you looking to brighten your smile? Over the counter (OTC) whitening strips can be tempting, but they’re not the best choice to get long-lasting, safe whitening. The most effective and safest way to whiten your teeth is to get professional teeth whitening from a dentist.
Benefits of Professional Teeth Whitening:
Custom Fit: A dentist can make a custom whitening tray to fit your teeth. This minimizes the contact between your sensitive gums and the whitening tray. It also makes sure your teeth have full contact with the whitening tray, making the whitening even more effective and whitening all your teeth’s nooks and crannies.
Better Whitening: In-office whitening by your dentist lasts longer and can be more effective than at-home whitening. That’s because the concentration of hydrogen peroxide in professional tooth whitening products is much higher than in OTC products, ranging from 15 to 43 percent hydrogen peroxide content. For comparison, OTC products have the equivalent of 3% hydrogen peroxide.
Safer Whitening: OTC teeth whitening formulas mainly consist of carbamide peroxide. Even though this is weaker than hydrogen peroxide, it can irritate your gums and teeth over time. With professional teeth whitening, a dentist can apply the whitening agent more precisely than you can at home to keep your gums healthy. They also can monitor your tooth and gum health to make sure the teeth whitening is safe for you.
Pick the Right Whitener for You: A dentist will know exactly which whitener to use for your teeth and your tooth staining. Not all teeth whiteners are the same. Let a professional help you evaluate the perfect one for you.
Take Trays Home: Once your dentist has trays made to fit your mouth, they can prescribe trays for you to take home and continue your treatment. This gives you all the benefits of a custom tray with the convenience of staying home.
At Foote Family Dental Care, we can help you find the best teeth whitening treatment to fit your needs. Contact us today to book an appointment and brighten your smile in a safe and effective way!