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You need to know this about the over-the-counter option

Truly, I understand. The holiday season is fast approaching and you want to put your best smile forward. A quick win to boost your confidence and appearance is a whiter smile. Wait a minute, not so fast. Before you rush to the drugstore to pick up an over-the-counter teeth-whitening kit, learn why the easy choice is not your best choice for a whiter smile.

Higher concentration of active ingredients.

Professional teeth-whitening agents use highly concentrated solutions to give the most optimal results. Over-the-counter teeth-whitening agents contain much smaller amounts of active whitening ingredients, leading to less-than-desirable results.

Custom whitening trays.

We take impressions of your teeth to make custom-fitted trays to hold the whitening agents. Professional whitening trays allow for the uniform application of teeth-whitening agents. The custom fit of the trays protects your soft tissues from contact with the teeth-whitening agent.

Teeth-whitening trays in store-bought kits are one size fits all. And, teeth-whitening strips don’t fit the majority of people who buy them either. The one-size-fits-all whitening products can cause uneven whitening and sensitivity in your teeth and gums.

Professional supervision.

We have the knowledge to provide a safe teeth-whitening experience. Before teeth-whitening treatment begins, you need a dental examination. There may be underlying dental issues that require treatment before you get your teeth whitened.

Also, some of your teeth may have discoloration that won’t respond to professional teeth whitening. A dental professional can provide alternative solutions. The dentist knows the types of stains and how to best remove them.

Controlled results.

We select the proper strength of whitening agent to produce the results you desire. If you want to go just a couple shades lighter or Hollywood smile bright, professional teeth-whitening treatments offer you control. Over-the-counter teeth-whitening solutions don’t allow you to control the shade of your smile.

Safest option.

We can ensure the safety of your mouth during whitening treatment. The progress of your teeth whitening is professionally monitored. Also, the dentist can help you if any pain or sensitivity occurs. When you purchase whitening kits from the store, you’re on your own.

Results last longer.

Professional teeth-whitening products contain higher concentrations of active whitening ingredients. You have custom trays and whitening products to maintain your brighter smile. Over-the-counter teeth-whitening products use much weaker solutions with limited options.

My office uses Opalescence® take-home whitening kits to brighten your smile. Call my office to schedule a consultation. May your smile shine brightly this holiday season.

Your whiter smile awaits,
Dr. Sehnert