Is Professional Teeth Whitening Better than Over the Counter Products?
Over the counter products can provide you with results. However, there are three reasons why professional whitening products and processes are preferable.
First, professional products typically cause less sensitivity and have a follow-up desensitizing product to use in conjunction with them. Over the counter products don't have to meet the same high standards as products that are to be used in a professional setting.
Second, most patients get faster results with in-office bleaching or professional whitening products to be used with custom trays at home.
Finally, when you have an in-office whitening treatment, we take steps to protect your delicate gum tissues. Additionally, if you decide you prefer at-home bleaching, we fabricate custom trays that help keep the whitening gel on your teeth and off your gums. Conversely, over the counter products tend to use one-size-fits-all trays, so you have less control over the bleach. The result: irritated, sore gum tissue.
Are There Any Teeth Whitening Contraindications?
Not everyone is a good candidate for teeth whitening. Some signs you shouldn't start bleaching (yet):
- You have intrinsic stains (you might need a dental procedure to bleach the teeth/tooth from the inside out in this case)
- You have dental decay
- You have active gum disease
- You have a tooth infection
- You have cracked teeth or thin enamel (after restorative treatment, you can whiten)