Professional vs. Over-the-Counter Teeth Whitening

Posted Aug 25th, 2017

Professional vs. Over-the-Counter Teeth Whitening

There are a range of over the counter teeth whitening products available. Here, our Surrey dentist explain why professional whitening systems are safer and more effective.


The main issue with over the counter whitening treatments is that they really are not particularly effective. They only remove surface stains, but don’t 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 you may end up with a splotchy looking smile.

Because professional whitening at your dentist’s office is more controlled and often done as part of a full mouth dental restoration, you can plan your teeth whitening in conjunction with your dental restorations. In short, you can whiten your teeth first, and then have the restorations completed to match the new, whiter colour.

Professional whitening products also produce a significantly more noticeable result than over the counter products do. 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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