Teeth Whitening: Are OTC Options Okay?

otcWhen you get to the point that you’re ready to whiten your smile, you’ve likely done some research. As a result, your decision may start to feel a bit challenging. Why? Well, you may have noticed that in addition to our professional cosmetic treatments, over-the-counter teeth whitening options abound! We certainly suggest you stay away from these alternative choices and come directly to us for a whiter smile. Don’t worry, we are happy to tell you the reasons behind this suggestion.

About OTC Formulas

First, remember that the over-the-counter (OTC) teeth whitening formulas are not identical or similar to those we provide. Instead, they are offered in universal strengths, which often results in a couple serious problems, including the following:

  • The ingredients are harsh on your teeth, often causing damage like sensitivity and dehydrated tissue
  • The ingredients are diluted, which means though discomfort is likely, you aren’t going to see the results you hoped to accomplish

About OTC Results

About those lackluster results: This can become problematic for more than one reason. First, you will be disappointed that your OTC teeth whitening treatment did not work. Second, you may decide that you’re going to try again (and possibly again and again) until you see the results you want. The problem is that you probably won’t end up with the whiter smile you want but you will end up with worsening damage to your smile. Stick with professional care, which offers gentle, safe whitening and dramatically whiter teeth. Just give us a call, so we can schedule a consultation.