Professional vs. Over-the-Counter Teeth Whitening

couple smile showing off their professional teeth whitening results

A beautiful smile can help you make a great first impression. But if you’re hesitant to smile due to dull white or stained teeth, don’t worry! Teeth whitening is a popular cosmetic procedure that can help brighten your smile and make you feel more confident.

Curious about which whitening treatment is for you? Keep reading to learn more about professional vs. over-the-counter teeth whitening.

Professional Teeth Whitening

Professional teeth whitening is performed by a dentist or another trained dental professional. It involves the use of a concentrated bleaching agent only accessible by professionals to lighten the teeth. The bleaching agent is applied to the teeth in a gel or foam form, and then a light is used to accelerate the whitening process.

Professional teeth whitening is generally considered more effective than over-the-counter teeth whitening. The bleaching agents used in professional whitening are strong, and the light used to accelerate the whitening process makes the process more effective. Professional teeth whitening can also be used to lighten deeper stains, such as those caused by coffee or tobacco.

Over-the-Counter Teeth Whitening

Over-the-counter teeth whitening products are available at drugstores and supermarkets. They typically contain a lower concentration of bleaching agent than professional products and come as strips, pens, or another form. Over-the-counter teeth whitening products can be effective for removing surface stains but aren’t effective for removing deeper stains.

Ask Us About Our Cosmetic Services

Teeth whitening is only one of the many ways you can enhance your smile. At Midtown Dental, we offer teeth whitening and other cosmetic dentistry services for patients looking to feel more confident in their smile.

When you visit us for teeth whitening or another cosmetic treatment, we’ll work with you to make decisions on color, type of treatment, and more! Contact us today.

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