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Professional vs Over-The-Counter Teeth Whitening

There are a variety of teeth whitening methods that deliver the shine on teeth. Teeth whitening is the easiest way to brighten the shade on your teeth to deliver a bright, white smile. It is typically associated with positive oral health, positive confidence and self-esteem and demonstrates quality self-care.

Whilst there are many teeth whitening methods available, some methods aren’t as safe and effective as the other. In this instance, which is better? Is it professional teeth whitening at the dental practice? Is it over-the-counter teeth whitening products?

Many adults are now wondering which delivers the most effective results in a short space of time. However, short-term results aren’t necessarily the best for oral health. Let’s take a look at the pros and cons of both treatments to determine which is better.

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Pros of Professional Teeth Whitening

Perfectly Crafted Results and Health – Professional teeth whitening treatment from the dentist promises to deliver results each and every time without sacrificing your oral health.

Long Term Sustainable Results – Professional teeth whitening treatment delivers long-term results for life, providing the white shade is managed through good oral health habits and proper hygiene.

No More Deep Stains – The dentist understands the techniques necessary to remove all deep discolouration on teeth. They also can remove plaque from stubborn areas in the teeth to make way for a plaque-free shiny smile.

Cons of Professional Teeth Whitening

Expensive Treatment – The cost can be a factor compared to over-the-counter products. Professional teeth whitening is not always covered by dental insurance.

Tooth Sensitivity – There will be some sensitivity felt after the treatment including irritation of the gums. The discolouration is, however, natural to occur and usually disappears within 2 or 3 days after treatment.

Management At Home – Whilst patients hope that professional teeth whitening treatment offers the long term results they’re looking for, sustaining it requires positive oral health habits at home.

Pros Of Over-The-Counter Teeth Whitening

Less Expensive – The cheaper alternatives from drug stores are likely to come relatively cheap. The product comes with teeth whitening gel to deliver that short-term shine.

Easy And Quick – It doesn’t take long to apply the gel or whitening strip on your teeth. The strips are usually left on for 30 minutes every day, leaving your teeth with a bright shine.

Attractive Smile Fast – If you’re looking for a short-term smile, gels and strips will deliver that youthful appearance in no time.

Cons of Over-The-Counter Teeth Whitening

Dangerous To Oral Health – Over-the-counter strips and gels come with no guarantee that you’ll experience no side effects. With unknown chemicals, there is a chance it can damage enamel.

Chance Of Misuse – Over-the-counter teeth whitening strips and gels have instructions which need to be followed. If misused it can cause damage to teeth and you can experience sensitivity if eating hot foods.

Unknown Results – Strips and gels come with short-term results but unknown long-term results. Home whitening offers less scope and it is unproven whether over-the-counter products will deliver improvements to your shade for the long term. There is also a chance your enamel may erode due to the unknown chemicals the products include.

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So, Which Is Better?

What works for the patient is dependent on their oral health needs and what they’re looking for. In the interests of long-term oral health, professional teeth whitening is safe because the dentist has full control over your teeth and the products used are safe and trusted. Strips and gels are just as effective, but it is unknown if the results will last. There is a lack of clarity over the chemicals it uses, meaning you could gamble with your oral health.

If you’re looking for further advice on the best teeth whitening treatment for you, contact Integrated Smile today and let us recommend treatments to deliver the missing shine to your teeth.

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