Is over-the-counter whitening safe?
OTC (over-the-counter) whitening products are safe for your teeth as are professional whitening systems. However, there are a few aspects to consider when deciding between OTC whitening and professional whitening with your dentist.
Downfalls of Over-The-Counter Whitening
- OTC products are not customized. This means that a one-size-fits-all product may be ill-fitting and may not achieve the results you're hoping for, or worse yet, could cause issues with excess whitening gel touching your gums or other soft tissues.
- The whitening gel that your grocery or drug store sells is not as high in quality or strength as the products that your dentist has access to, which means that it may take longer to achieve your desired outcome.
- Whitening under the supervision of your cosmetic dentist in Huntsville, AL is always more advisable in case you encounter any issues or concerns during the process.
- The ingredients in professional whitening gel and the advanced process used in-office whitening is designed to minimize any sensitivity caused by the process.
Dr. King offers both in-office and take-home whitening treatments for your convenience, so be sure to consult with him about your options before starting treatment with any store-bought whitening system. We are happy to help you determine which options are right for your needs.