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What is the Difference Between Over-the-Counter and Professional Whitening Treatments?

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With so many whitening products available in stores and dental offices, it can be difficult to figure out which treatment is best for you. Both over-the-counter whiteners and professional whitening treatments have proven effective at brightening teeth; however, these two methods are not necessarily equal. At Schultz Center for Dentistry, we offer in-office and at-home whitening options that can have many advantages compared to their OTC counterparts, including:

  • Professional-grade bleaching formulas
  • Dentist-monitored supervision and application
  • Improved ability to control and customize shade of whiteness
  • Greater efficiency and more vibrant results

Though over-the-counter products may help remove surface stains, professional whitening treatments are often best for patients who wish to truly transform the color of their teeth. Professional bleaching agents tend to be more powerful than OTC products, and some OTC products that claim to whiten teeth do not contain any bleaching agents at all and simply work to clean the teeth of debris.

For patients who want nearly instant results, Dr. Jeffrey Schultz can use Opalescence® Boost to brighten the teeth in just a single one-hour office visit. At-home Opalescence® whitening kits are also available for patients who wish to whiten their teeth at their convenience or perform occasional touch-ups to maintain a vibrant smile.

For more information about our professional-grade teeth whitening treatments, please schedule a consultation and contact us today.