Here’s the low down on over-the-counter teeth whitening products: You get what you pay for.
And since the main advantage to the over-the-counter approach to teeth whitening is its low cost, you’re not going to get much. Results can also vary greatly according to the product. Yes, they have come a long way over the last several years, but mainly in terms of safety, not effectiveness.
If you do want to try an over-the-counter approach, we’d recommend Crest Whitestrips. They can be a little tricky to use and only affect the front most visible teeth but are worth the money. But don’t expect them to change your world either.
Professional Teeth Whitening: More Powerful Gel, Complete Coverage
The fact remains that no over-the-counter will cover as much surface area as deeply as a professional whitening. The difference is remarkable. For one thing, your Cincinnati dentist will use a higher strength bleaching gel. They will also prep your teeth — clear away plaque and other debris from the surface. So while teeth whitening is technically a cosmetic dentistry procedure, you will have cleaner, healthier teeth as result and be better protected against plaque and cavities.
The Trained Experience of a Cosmetic Dentist
A cosmetic dentist can also help you with any gum issues if sensitivity becomes an issue.
It’s also important to remember that everyone’s teeth are different. There is no single cure-all approach. Often, a number of techniques and strategies may be necessary to produce the best result. A dentist can help suggest strategies for your particular condition. They can come up with an individualized plan customized to your teeth and oral whitening needs.
Are There Any Risks to Whitening?
In general, any potential risks to teeth whitening are minimal. Tooth sensitivity does occur. There can be a risk to the roots of your teeth. That’s why the extra strength gels are only available to dentists. When you work one-on-one with a professional, they can be sure to treat you in a way that is effective and safe.