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Over-the-counter versus Professional Teeth Whitening Systems

By Steven Kail on June 21, 2014


A young blonde woman with her hand on her cheek, showing off her newly whitened teethNo dental treatment offers a more immediate and dramatic rejuvenating effect than professional teeth whitening. However, with so many over-the-counter teeth whitening options available, from toothpastes and strips to seemingly comprehensive bleaching kits, many patients are tempted to go the do-it-yourself route. After all, many of these OTC options are not only less expensive than professional teeth whitening, but also backed by trusted names in home oral health care.

However, in terms of safety, efficacy, and value for the dollar, these store-bought whitening options cannot come close to matching professional teeth whitening. They don’t even necessarily offer greater privacy. At Premier Dental Center in Jackson, professional teeth whitening can be performed in just about an hour in our comfortable, state-of-the-art office, but it can also be administered in a take-home kit that can be used in the convenience of your own home.

You have just one smile. Entrust it to the experienced and talented oral health experts of Premier Dental Center.

Risks of OTC Teeth Whitening Systems

Even the healthiest tooth, while extraordinarily strong and resilient, is highly susceptible to damage. When the protective covering of enamel becomes worn, the far more vulnerable underlying layers are at risk of serious harm. While the majority of OTC teeth whitening systems are formulated to do no harm to the enamel, there are some that can and do result in enamel erosion. This is often due to accidental misuse or intentional overuse of the whitening system. Ironically, as the enamel becomes eroded, the teeth become discolored, with the greyish underlying dentin beginning to show through.

It should be noted, however, that this sort of damage is rare if OTC teeth whitening products are used as directed. However, even the best of these commercially available teeth whitening systems are minimally effective compared to professionally supervised and administered teeth whitening.

The Benefits of Professional Teeth Whitening

At Premier Dental Center, we use the most time-tested, popular, and effective professional teeth whitening system available: the Zoom!® teeth whitening system. In just about an hour, Zoom!® can safely tackle the toughest stains and brighten your teeth by multiple shades. This remarkable professional treatment offers many advantages over OTC whitening systems:

  • Many people who experience discomfort or pain when using OTC whitening products are simply not good candidates for teeth whitening of any sort. Professional screening prevents these patients from undergoing painful, potentially risky procedures.
  • The proprietary Zoom!® is specially formulated to include just the right concentration of hydrogen peroxide, minimizing risk.
  • Our dentists carefully isolate the gums before treatment, which prevents damage to these delicate tissues through exposure to the whitening gel.
  • It works! Unlike so many OTC whitening products, the Zoom!® whitening treatment has been clinically proven to whiten teeth up to ten shades in a single office appointment. The at-home kit produces comparable results over multiple sessions.

Don’t take chances with your smile. Professional teeth whitening produces outstanding results safely and dependably.

For further information about Zoom!® teeth whitening or to schedule your initial consultation at our practice, please contact Premier Dental Center today.

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