Let’s be honest. We would all love to have a brighter, whiter smile. And if you’re anything like us, I’m sure that you’ve tried over the counter teeth whitening strips and other products in an effort to achieve those highly coveted pearly whites. But did they work? For me, they did….well, sort of. My first front 6 teeth saw some reduction in shade after a few sessions, but my back teeth were totally ignored. And to add to that, I experienced some abnormal sensitivity after the treatment that made eating uncomfortable for a few hours afterwards. The whitening toothpastes were even less effective and provided very little, if any, reduction in the color shade of my teeth.
On the flip-side, the peroxide-based solution that teeth whitening professionals use is far more concentrated than what you will find in the boxes on a store shelf, and that ultimately yields a more beneficial result. This is not to say that some over-the-counter bleaching products don’t work, but typically what happens is that once the consumer realizes how time consuming the entire process can be and how messy it can get, they end up giving up before they complete their treatment. In addition, teeth whitening professionals provide custom teeth molds and high-intensity lighting that removes stains and discoloration from the surface of ALL of your teeth evenly, and not just the ones in the front.
As opposed to the multiple sessions required by the over-the-counter teeth products and strips, professional teeth whitening literally requires one 15 minute session (and if you want need a little more extra umph to brighten your smile, an additional 15 minute session will lighten your smile by 5-8 shades in total). And that’s it. Literally, one session is all that you need to lighten your teeth by up to 8 shades and you don’t have to worry about terrible-tasting solutions and avoiding the messy clean up afterwards. If your teeth are stained pretty good, then I recommend that you receive a follow up treatment after a few months.