Teeth Whitening: Should You Choose In Office or Over The Counter?

Jul 3, 2013

We all want to attain the same great, white smile that our favorite movie star or local TV anchor has, but it’s not always easy and a lot of people don’t know what the best route to take is. With the advancement of dentistry, there are now more options than ever for teeth whitening– the biggest difference occurring between those offered over the counter at your local grocery store or pharmacy and those offered by your dentist. Obviously, we’re a little biased, but we’ll take an objective look at the differences between the two and let you make the decision for yourself:

 

  • Longer vs. Shorter for Results — The strength of over the counter vs. in office options is very different. Because they’re medically approved and overseen by a dental professional, an office-prescribed treatment should always offer a stronger bleach content for teeth whitening. Because of the strength of these, they can be much more quick to achieve desired results in a patient. Likewise, it’s possible that the majority of over the counter products may never reach the intensity you seek out of a teeth whitening treatment due to their low strength.

  • Comfort and Convenience — Most office-prescribed procedures have patient comfort in mind, requiring a custom mold for a whitening tray to be made prior to the whitening procedure. By contrast, most store-bought products have to be manufactured for a mass audience and tray sizes may be made in one-size-fits-all. Others require wearing strips for a couple of hours at a time which can be a nuisance and inconvenient. However, these are procedures that can take place at home. By contrast, some offices require several (typically short) visits for the solution to be applied. At Noble Smile Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, we try and strike a balance between the two methods by having a proper fitting done and allowing the procedure and solution to be done at home.

  • Cost — Obviously, an official teeth whitening procedure will cost more than whitening strips bought in your local dental hygiene aisle. But quality comes at a cost. While, store-bought products might be cheaper, they don’t seem to achieve the same results and require a much longer time commitment before you’ll see that nice smile of yours at its best.

 

If you’d like to find out more about teeth whitening procedures you can visit Noble Smile Family & Cosmetic Dentistry’s web page on the procedure or contact our office with any questions or appointment requests.