In-office whitening has a number of benefits over options you can buy at the store. But is there a difference between over the counter products and the take-home teeth whitening kits we provide at our Calgary cosmetic dentistry office?
Calgary dentist Dr. Gordon Chee offers take-home teeth whitening as well as chairside treatment using the Zoom! system. While it's true that take home kits contain bleaching gel with a lower concentration than what a cosmetic dentist would use, professionally formulated products are still stronger than any OTC alternative.
Take home teeth whitening has other advantages over mass-produced items, including:
More effective stain removal
Whitening trays are custom-made to fit the shape of your teeth
Greater comfort through minimal exposure of gum tissue
Hands-on instruction and followup from Dr. Chee
Results are targeted to enhance the natural color of your smile
If you'd like to prolong the results from in-office whitening, using a take home kit is often an ideal solution for keeping your teeth looking bright long-term. Some patients are even able to get the smile they want solely through use of a convenient professional take home solution.
Over the counter whitening tends to be cheaper than professional products but the peroxide gel is designed to be much weaker than in-office treatment. The results and equipment also aren't customized to fit your teeth.