Do over-the counter bleaching products work?
There is no shortage of whitening products you can buy at the local discount or department store. Most over-the-counter bleaching products will get rid of surface stains on teeth, but the problem is that many of the products on the shelf today are abrasive. Over time, use of these products can damage the teeth.
Professional teeth whitening products along with supervision by your dentist is always the safest and most effective way to whiten your teeth.
Often patients who use whitening strips or gels they purchase outside the dentist office complain of feeling sensitivity in their teeth or gums after using them. Sensitivity frequently occurs because the products are used incorrectly. When you opt for professional whitening at the dentist, there is minimal sensitivity reported afterward. This is because your dentist takes care to protect your gums and other soft tissues during the whitening process.
Professional teeth whitening is also much quicker. If you opt for in-office whitening, you can come in during your lunch hour and leave with teeth several shades whiter and brighter. Even professional at-home treatments, which take about a week of daily use, offer similar results in a relatively short amount of time.
If you have questions about teeth whitening, be sure to give Town Square Family Dentistry a call!