Professional vs Store Bought Teeth Whitening - What's the Difference?

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Professional vs Store Bought Teeth Whitening - What's the Difference?

If you're looking to whiten your teeth and brighten your smile it's important to note that not all teeth whitening treatments offer the same results. So, what are the differences between store-bought and professional whitening treatments? Our Langley BC dentists explain.

Teeth whitening can be an effective, non-invasive way to remove stains and improve the overall appearance of your teeth. If you're thinking about whitening your teeth you'll want to achieve the best results possible, but which method of teeth whitening should you choose?

Store-Bought Teeth Whitening Systems

There are a number of teeth whitening treatments available in supermarkets and pharmacies. While these store bought whitening kits contain stronger bleaching ingredients than whitening toothpaste, and will whiten your teeth somewhat, these kits typically aren't as effective as the professional whitening treatments available from your dentist's office.

Store bought whitening treatments also tend to be a 'one size fits all' option, that just can't offer custom-fitted whitening trays or the added security of having your dentist monitor your results and help you if you experience any side effects.

Professional Teeth Whitening Treatments

Your Langley dentists can provide you with whitening gels that contain stronger bleaching agents than those typically found in store bought whitening treatments. Which means that treatments from your dentist may be able to brighten your smile faster and more effectively than treatments purchased in a store.

Our dentists at Willowbrook Dental Clinic in Langley offer professional teeth whitening treatments that you can use in the comfort of your own home. Here's how our whitening treatments work:

  1. Begin by making an appointment to visit our office. During that appointment your dentist will make impressions of your teeth to create your custom whitening trays. Your trays will be made to fit your mouth perfectly and can be worn while you are awake or sleeping. These whitening trays are so thin that  you will even be able to talk and work while wearing them.
  2. When you visit our office for your second appointment you will be given your whitening trays, teeth bleaching materials, and full instructions for using the treatment. These instructions will provide you with details on how to apply the gel and how long you need to use the whitening treatment each application.

Whitening your teeth under the professional guidance of your team of dental professionals may be safer than using store bought products. Our team is trained to spot and treat any side effects experienced by patients during the whitening process. 

Possible Side Effects of Teeth Whitening

Consult with your dentist before using any teeth whitening products. The long-term use, (or over-use), of whitening or bleaching products may cause side effects including, tooth sensitivity, and tooth abrasion.

If you'd like to learn more about teeth whitening options, contact our Langley office today to schedule a consultation.

Contact Willowbrook Dental Clinic today, and get on the path to a brighter, healthier smile!