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Over-the-Counter (OTC) Teeth Whitening vs. Professional: Which Is Right for You?

September 24, 2020
Posted By: Dr. Hayoung Kim
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If you're looking for a cost-effective way to enhance your smile, bleaching your teeth is an excellent and effective solution. Dull-looking, yellowed teeth may cause you to hide your smile from other people, but whiter, brighter teeth can take years off of your appearance and have you feeling confident about smiling again. 

With so many teeth whitening products on the market, you might wonder if professional bleaching with your Etobicoke dentist is really worth the cost? Well, there are a few things you should consider before making your final decision. 

Do You Want Proven Results?

Your dentist has access to products that contain high-strength ingredients designed to achieve proven results. Many of the products you find at the store contain unknown whitening agents that may not be as strong or as effective as the bleaching gel you can get from your dentist.

If this is the case, you could spend money on an OTC whitening system, only to have to spend more to have your dentist improve your results.

Is Safety a Concern?

Protecting your gums and soft tissues from the sting of bleaching gel is important. Your dentist can make customized trays from impressions of your teeth to ensure that your gums are protected during bleaching. Customized whitening trays may also achieve better results than generic products that could be ill-fitting.

Your dentist can also be a great resource if you experience any problems with tooth sensitivity during whitening.

Call Your Etobicoke Dentist First

If you are considering teeth whitening in Etobicoke ON, your team at Toronto Lakeshore Dental would love to talk with you about your options. We can help you determine if OTC or professional whitening will help you achieve your best results. Give us a call today at (416) 503-3335 to learn more about bleaching your teeth.