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Your Buderim Dentist answers: Which is Better, Over-the-Counter or Professional Teeth Whitening?

Professional Teeth Whitening Buderim Dentist

At Comfort Dental Centre Budeirm we often hear the question, “Are tooth whitening kits from the drug store as effective as the professional treatments you receive at a dental office?”

And the question makes sense as most of us shop with one eye on how expensive things are, and over the counter whitening products seem less costly than treatment from a dental professional.

The answer to that question is mixed.

In some cases, OTC whitening systems can work, but they take far more time, are far less safe, and don’t whiten as effectively as whitening treatments from Comfort Dental Centre Buderim.

In this post, we’re going to compare over the counter whitening systems and professional whitening systems, both take-home and in-office.

Over-the-Counter Products

There are four main kinds of over the counter treatments:

Whitening rinses. These are the equivalent of mouthwash – you use them by swirling them around in your mouth and spitting them out.

However, because they stay in the mouth for such a short period of time and are so light on whitening agents, they have very little effect.

Whitening rinses can take up to 12 weeks to see results, and the results are not very dramatic.

Whitening toothpaste. Whitening toothpaste contains ingredients that provide gradual brightening by removing superficial stains.

If used twice daily, whitening toothpaste takes from 2 to 6 weeks to whiten.

Unfortunately, whitening toothpaste can’t alter the natural colour of your teeth, so if they are naturally dark or your enamel has thinned, they are ineffective.

Whitening toothpaste does not affect stains that are below the surface.

Some people end up with sensitive teeth while using these products, and be sure not to use toothpaste that whitens with too many abrasives, which erode enamel.

Gel strips. You stick these to your front teeth once daily for up to 2 hours. Depending on how strong the strips are, you may see whitening in 10 to 20 days.

These strips are generally safe, although not if swallowed. It is important to use strips only as directed on the package, and if they cause gum irritation, cease use immediately.

Whitening strips generally only work on the front six teeth, leaving molars discoloured and dingy.

Whitening trays. These mass-produced trays are filled with whitening gel and placed over the teeth. They are the fastest OTC treatment, but they come with their issues.

Because the trays are not custom made, they can rub and irritate gums. Furthermore, the gel can leak out, causing irritation to the gum and stomach (if swallowed).

Finally, they don’t come with professional supervision, which can make them dangerous for people who try to accelerate the whitening process by overusing them.

The Advantages of Professional Whitening

Here are a few ideas as to why the Comfort Dental Centre Buderim recommends professional whitening.

Whitening is flexible and convenient. For your comfort and convenience, offers two ‘shades’ of tooth whitening – In-office tooth whitening and at-home professional tooth whitening.

In-office whitening is performed in our offices and takes only one visit. You can walk out, just about an hour after walking in, with teeth that are 6-8 shades brighter.

At-home professional tooth whitening gives you control. Your Comfort Dental Centre Buderim dentist creates customized moulds of your teeth (avoiding the issues of OTC products) and makes trays that you use at home.

Whitening is the simplest anti-ageing procedure you can get – and there are no needles or surgery! Studies show that whiter teeth lead to the perception that we are younger. We associate white teeth with beauty and youth, and we also look younger when we smile.

Simply whitening your teeth can make you look more youthful in as little as one visit.

Whitening confers confidence and self-esteem. Surveys reveal that whiter, brighter smiles are associated with increased success in business, social life, and romance.

As an example, people with brighter smiles do better in job interviews and receive higher starting wages.

Whitening removes stains and brightens your smile, giving you more self-confidence and making others perceive you as younger, more efficient, etc.

Whitening is the most conservative treatment for whitening teeth. Unlike veneers and crowns, natural teeth do not need to be ground down for whitening.

Professional whitening is fast and safe

With in-office whitening, your teeth can be much brighter in as little as one hour, and at-home professional whitening only takes a few weeks.

Teeth whitening at Comfort Dental Centre Buderim

Comfort Dental Centre Buderim Cares

Comfort Dental Centre Buderim provides expert care for healthy, beautiful smiles. When you leave our office not only will you be happy with the treatment you received, but also how well you were treated.

We serve patients from Buderim and surrounding areas with top-notch dentistry. Our dental practice in Buderim provides the highest quality of dental care, in a relaxed and enjoyable atmosphere, with a commitment to excellent customer service.

Buderim dentist also serves the local communities and one the best dentists in  Maroochydore and Sunshine Coast.

Our Teeth Whitening Promotion

In-Chair Teeth Whitening for $359 only

Lifetime teeth whitening – $259 (trays and medicament) and top-up whitening syringe FREE if you visit for a check-up and clean every 6 to 7 months.

Contact us on (07) 5370 8865 or simply book your appointment online.

We are located at T204B, 32 Wises Road in Buderim.