Do over-the-counter whitening products work?
There are plenty of products you can purchase at your local discount or drug store that will whiten your teeth—eventually. For example, if you use one of the popular brands of whitening strips, your teeth might become slightly whiter over a period of several weeks or months. And that is if you use the product diligently.
Whitening toothpaste can also help make teeth look a bit whiter because it will help to remove surface stains. (It’s worth mentioning that they also contain abrasives, which can be harmful to tooth enamel so they should be used with caution.)
Professional whitening uses custom-made trays to deliver the whitening gel evenly over the teeth. Also, the concentration of hydrogen peroxide in professional whitening gel is higher, resulting in more dramatic results in a much shorter amount of time
You also shouldn’t underestimate the value of having a professional—your dentist—advise you on the whitening process. Your dentist can caution you, for example, before you are disappointed to discover that crowns, veneers, and tooth-colored fillings do not respond to the whitening gel.
If you want even results that are many shades whiter than the current shade of your teeth, it’s worth it to call your Midwest City, OK, dentist about professional teeth whitening.