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Professional Teeth Whitening vs. Over-the-Counter Products: Is It Worth the Extra Cost?

May 30, 2014
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Posted By: Smith Dental
Professional Teeth Whitening | Hillsboro OR Dentist

Stained or yellowed teeth can be embarrassing. They may make you reluctant to smile or eat in front of others and can affect your overall self-esteem. Many people turn to teeth whitening products for the remedy.

We are often asked if it's really worth it to opt for the professional teeth whitening offered at our Hillsboro dental office or if you can get the same results from over-the-counter whitening products.

Over-the-Counter Products: So Many Choices, So Many Questions

These days a quick walk down the oral and dental products aisle at your local supermarket or drugstore will reveal a vast array of whitening products available for home use. There are toothpastes, mouthwashes, whitening strips, even at-home kits to make your own trays for bleaching gel. But do they really work?

The answer is...sometimes. And usually not very well. One of the major problems is that there is very little regulation in this area. Products are either too weak, giving unsatisfactory results or often no results at all, or they're too strong, leading to pain and sensitivity and possibly causing long-term damage to your enamel!

There are other dangers involved with over-the-counter teeth whitening products. The whitening toothpastes often contain microabrasives, which can not only damage enamel if overused, but can scratch and ruin the surface of veneers, crowns, and fillings. The trays in the at-home kits rarely fit the way they should, leading to whitening gel leaking into your mouth and causing irritation of sensitive oral tissues.

If cost is really an issue, you can always try an over-the-counter whitening product. Most patients report the best results from the whitening strips, but be aware that you're unlikely to get the results you desire from any of these products. And if a product promises immediate whitening, save your money. They almost never work as promised.

Professional Teeth Whitening in Hillsboro, OR at Smith Dental

If you want to see real results that last, professional whitening is a much better option. Our whitening gel comes in several strengths so that the formula can be customized to match your whitening needs and sensitivity. The trays are tailor made to fit your mouth, giving better results, a more comfortable wear, and no gel leakage when used properly.

Having your teeth professionally whitened by Dr. Smith also allows us to monitor your progress and make ongoing adjustments to your treatment. Whether the gel is causing unwanted sensitivity or is not providing the levels of whitening you want, we can alter the strength of your whitening gel to give you the best outcome.

A Whiter Smile You're Proud to Show Off

If you're interested in learning more about the professional teeth whitening system used by our Hillsboro dental office or if you've tried over-the-counter products and been disappointed by the results, call us today and schedule a consultation. Dr. Smith will be happy to get you started on the path to a bright, brilliant smile!

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