What Is Better For My Smile: OTC Whitening or Professional?

Monday February 15, 2016 by
Melissa Brown, DDS

Whether you are looking to whiten your teeth for a special occasion or you just drink a lot of coffee and want to brighten your smile, we are here to give you advice on different teeth whitening options that are available to you.


We believe your smile is your best asset, and it is important to take great care of it. Part of maintaining a healthy smile is to keep your teeth white and clean. Here are a few great reasons and benefits as to why you should whiten your teeth:

*The appearance of your smile will improve significantly
*Your self-confidence will increase
*The procedure is affordable
*There are no harmful side effects to this procedure


When it comes to whitening your teeth, there are several options available to you. There are over-the-counter options, and there are options that are offered only in the dentist office. Let’s first talk about the over-the-counter options available to you.

You can venture down the oral care aisle at your local drug store or grocery store and find various options of teeth whitening products, but which do you choose? The options can be overwhelming! If you are looking for a gradual method for teeth whitening, whitening toothpaste will help to whiten over time. Whitening toothpastes help to remove surface stains because they contain mild abrasives that break down and remove stains.

Another over-the-counter option is the whitening strips. The whitening strips are clear and coated with peroxide-based gel. These strips are placed over the teeth twice a day for 30 minutes. These kits usually require that you complete a 14-day cycle. This method usually delivers results within several days, but they can last for a few months.

If you are looking for more immediate results, however, consider whitening treatments that are available within the dentist office. We offer a few teeth whitening options that yield results very quickly! If you are looking to whiten your teeth for your wedding, reunion or any other big event, this is a great way to go. We offer an in-house, effective way to brighten and whitening your teeth called Zoom Whitening. The great thing about this procedure is that we can customize it to you and your comfort level. Since whitening your teeth can cause some sensitivity, we can adjust the level of whitening to reduce the likelihood of any discomfort. By the time your 45- minute appointment is done, your teeth will be several shades whiter. It is that simple!

The other in-house option we offer is customized whitening trays. We custom-fit the trays to your teeth for best results. You simply adhere the whitening gel to the tray and place on your teeth. This is a convenient option for those who prefer to whiten within the comfort of their own homes. These results are not as immediate as the Zoom Whitening, but you will notice results much quicker than the over-the-counter treatments.


Over-the-counter whitening treatments may seem convenient, but over time, you can spend a lot more money than expected to achieve the same results of an in-house custom treatment. Over-the-counter options are made like a “one-size-fits-all” product. With those products, you do not have the option to customize the treatment based on your sensitivity. Also, if you do not have straight teeth, these over-the-counter products are not as effective at whitening because the strips do not sit perfectly on the teeth. This can cause uneven whitening and deliver less-than-desirable results.

Like we previously mentioned, our in-house and customized treatments allow you to achieve the best results for your unique teeth. We understand that sensitivity is a concern when considering teeth whitening, which is why we are able to whiten at different levels based on your comfort. We can also whiten even the most crooked of teeth for a bright, white, radiant smile all within a short amount of time!

If you are looking for immediate whitening results, we suggest contacting our office for the in-office whitening treatment. The Philips Zoom Whitening is a guaranteed way to brighten your teeth in a short amount of time! For more information on how you can achieve a stunning, whiter smile, contact our office to set up a consultation. We can’t wait to hear from you!