Professional vs. Over-the-Counter Teeth Whitening

Posted Nov 24th, 2017 in Cosmetic & Reconstructive Dentistry, General

Professional vs. Over-the-Counter Teeth Whitening

While there is a wide a range of over the counter teeth whitening products available, professional whitening systems are safer and more effective. Our Surrey dentists explain why.


The main problem that over the counter whitening treatments present is that they are not particularly effective. These products typically only remove surface stains, which does not result in a significantly whiter smile.

Products like whitening strips, toothpastes and rinses also don’t whiten caps, bonding or veneers. They only whiten the natural teeth, and so if you have dental restorations, you may end up with a splotchy looking smile.

Professional teeth whitening at your dentist’s office is more controlled and is often done as part of a dental restoration plan, in conjunction with other restorative treatments. In short, you can whiten your teeth first, and then have the restorations completed to match the new, whiter colour, resulting in a more consistent smile.

Professional whitening products also produce much more noticeable results than over the counter products do. This is because, in addition to removing stains, they also lighten the actual colour of your teeth.

Professional whitening products are more expensive than over the counter products, but the price difference is worth it for the superior results!

If you’re interested in teeth whitening, get in touch with our Surrey dentists to book a consultation!

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