Is Over-the-Counter Teeth Whitening Worth It?
There is no end to the number of teeth whitening products you can purchase at the local discount store. There are gels, strips, toothpastes, and mouthwashes that all claim to whiten and brighten your teeth. Because we get so many patients at our West Chester, OH, office asking about teeth whitening, we want to go over your options—and what you might expect from the different types of whitening products available.
What You Can Expect with Store-Bought Teeth Whitening Products
Chances are, you will probably see some improvement with over-the-counter whitening products because they may remove some surface stains from your teeth. But you might also experience some unpleasant side effects:
- Sensitivity—Many people report feeling teeth and gum sensitivity after using over-the-counter whitening products. One of the main reasons for this is because most people do not use the products correctly. In addition, because they are not used with custom-made trays to fit snugly over your teeth, the whitening product goes where it’s not supposed to, causing sensitivity.
- Worn teeth—Many store-bought whitening products contain harsh abrasives that can damage your tooth enamel. Once the enamel is worn, it cannot be repaired.
- Minimal results for maximum effort—If you consistently use a store-bought whitening product for several weeks, you may see some whitening improvement. Professional teeth whitening, however, offers more dramatic results in a much shorter timeframe.
What You Can Expect with Professional Teeth Whitening
For safe, consistent results, professional teeth whitening is well worth the investment. At Joel R. Koch DDS we offer both in-office and at-home whitening kits that will give you dramatic results in a short amount of time. In-office whitening can be done over your lunch hour; our at-home kits come with custom trays to fit perfectly over your teeth. At your convenience, you can have the same dramatic results in about a week.
Whiter & Brighter Smiles in West Chester OH
Contact our West Chester, OH practice to learn more about over-the-counter teeth whitening versus professional teeth whitening. Dr. Joel R. Koch, DDS, will be happy to go over your options so you can determine the best next step for your smile.