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What's the difference between professional vs. store-bought teeth whitening?

What's the difference between professional vs. store-bought teeth whitening?

Are you aiming to whiten your teeth or brighten your smile? Keep in mind that not all teeth whitening treatments offer the same results. Our Summerland dentists list the differences between store-bought and professional whitening treatments. 

One effective, non-invasive way to remove stains and improve the overall appearance of your teeth is through teeth whitening treatments. If you're considering whitening your teeth, you'll want to achieve the best results possible, but which method of teeth whitening should you choose?

Store-Bought Teeth Whitening Systems

You'll find numerous teeth whitening systems on the shelves of pharmacies and supermarkets. While the bleaching ingredients in these store-bought teeth whitening kits are stronger than in whitening toothpaste and will whiten your teeth somewhat, they usually aren't as effective as the professional whitening treatments your dentist offers. 

With store-bought whitening treatments, you will likely also receive a 'one size fits all' option, which will not offer the added security of having your dentist monitor your results and help you navigate any side effects. The whitening trays will also not be custom-fitted for your smile. 

Professional Teeth Whitening Treatments 

At our Summerland dental office, our dentists can offer whitening gels that contain stronger bleaching agents than you'll typically find in store-bought whitening treatments. This means that the treatments your dentist offers may be able to whiten your smile faster and more effectively than treatments you'll be able to find in a store. 

With the professional teeth whitening treatments offered by our dentists at Jubilee Dental Centre in Summerland, you'll be able to whiten your teeth in the comfort of your own home. Here's how the whitening treatments work: 

  1. The first step is to schedule an appointment to visit our office. During your appointment, your dentist will take impressions of your teeth to make your custom whitening trays. These trays will be constructed to fit your mouth specifically and can be worn while you are sleeping or awake. With these thin whitening trays, you'll be able to work and talk while wearing them. 
  2. When you come to our office for your second appointment, you'll pick up your whitening trays, teeth bleaching materials and detailed instructions on how to use the treatment. These instructions will explain how to apply the gel and how long you need to use the whitening treatment each application. 

It may be safer to whiten your teeth under the professional guidance of our dental team than to use store-bought products. Our team is trained to detect any side effects you may experience during the whitening process. 

Possible Side Effects of Teeth Whitening 

Before using any teeth whitening products, ask your dentist about them. Long-term use (or over-use) of bleaching or whitening products may lead to side effects including tooth sensitivity and tooth abrasion.

Would you like to learn more about teeth whitening options? Contact your Summerland dentist at Jubilee Dental Centre to schedule a consultation.