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Professional vs. Over-the-Counter Teeth Whitening

Posted May 18th, 2018

Professional vs. Over-the-Counter Teeth Whitening

There are many over the counter teeth whitening products out there, but at the end of the day, professional whitening systems are safer and more effective. Here, our Surrey dentists explain why.


Over the counter whitening treatments are not very effective they only remove surface stains, and so do not result in a significantly whiter smile.

Products like whitening strips, toothpastes and rinses also don’t whiten dental restorations like caps, bonds or veneers. This means that using them could create a splotchy looking smile if you have dental restorations.

Professional teeth whitening at your dentist’s office is more controlled and can be done as part of a dental restoration plan, in conjunction with other restorative treatments. That means you whiten your teeth first, and then have the restorations completed to match the new, whiter colour.

Professional whitening products also produce better results than over the counter products do. This is because, in addition to removing stains, they use bleaching agents to lighten the colour of the teeth themselves.

Professional whitening products are more expensive than over the counter products, but the price difference is worth it for the superior results!

If you’re interested in teeth whitening, get in touch with our Elgin Corners dentists to book a consultation!

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