Over-the-counter Teeth Whitening vs. Professional Teeth Whitening

These days, it seems like you can’t watch an hour of television without encountering at least one commercial for a teeth whitening product. While many of these over-the-counter products are harmless, and some actually produce beneficial effects, none can match the safety and efficacy of professional in-office and at-home teeth whitening systems offered by skilled dentists. At worst, some of these store-bought products can actually cause permanent damage to your teeth if used improperly.

At University Dental Arts in Denver, professional teeth whitening allows our patients to whiten their teeth by multiple shades in just about an hour. They emerge from treatment with radiant, healthy-looking smiles free from discoloration caused by stains, age, and daily wear and tear. The entire process is supervised by our trained dental professionals to ensure the absolute safety of our patients at all times.

When it comes to whitening your teeth, don’t believe the hype you see on those television ads, especially the ones that claim to offer the same level of whitening that “your dentist” can provide. At University Dental Arts, your dentist – Dr. David Redford – and his skilled team offer a level of care and attention to detail that cannot be matched by a product in a box, no matter how slickly it is marketed.

Why OTC Teeth Whitening Can Be Risky

Even the safest OTC teeth whitening systems depend on consumers to follow instructions to the letter for them to be safe. Unfortunately, some people with good intentions end up damaging their teeth – sometimes aesthetically, sometimes in such a way that expensive restorative dental work becomes necessary.

In the latter case, this is usually because of enamel erosion. Enamel erosion often occurs due to accidental misuse or intentional overuse of an OTC whitening product. Despite warnings, some people believe that if they use more than the recommended amount of a whitening product, they will achieve whiter teeth faster. Instead, they erode the protective enamel of their teeth, ironically allowing the greyish underlying layer of dentin to show through.

Even when used according to instructions, the best OTC teeth whitening systems are limited in their bleaching and stain-removing power for the sake of consumer safety. Therefore, they will never be able to whiten teeth as effectively as their professional counterparts.

The Benefits of Professional Teeth Whitening

Under the supervision of trained and experienced dentists, professional teeth whitening systems produce optimal results with minimal risks and side effects. At University Dental Arts, we carefully screen patients to ensure that they are good candidates for teeth whitening, precluding those who are prone to tooth sensitivity from undergoing the procedure. Again, this meticulous screening process is something that OTC whitening systems do not afford.

Likewise, our professionals take exceptional care to safeguard the gums from exposure to the hydrogen-peroxide-based whitening gel, ensuring that no harm comes to the delicate periodontal tissues. People who “do it themselves” with OTC systems do not have the advantage of such professional care.

Learn More about the Advantages of Professional Teeth Whitening

To learn more about the advantages of professional teeth whitening, please contact University Dental Arts today.

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