Professional Teeth Whitening Versus Over-the-Counter Whitening for Colorado Springs Patients
A common question Dr. Hill receives is “Why would I whiten my teeth at a dentist’s office when I can purchase teeth whitening products over-the-counter?” While those of us at Dr. Hill’s Colorado Springs, CO dentist’s office understand the question, we also know it’s an easy answer: tooth whitening at Dr. Hill’s office offers significantly more dramatic results than over-the-counter teeth whitening options.
In Office Whitening: The Benefits
The chief reason for this difference is that professional teeth whitening services from a dentist like Dr. Hill can “prescribe” gels that are significantly higher in peroxide content than their over-the-counter counterparts. This can be as big a difference as 300 percent higher peroxide and therefore whitening content. Because Dr. Hill can assess your teeth, he can determine if the stronger whitening components are right for your teeth and will not cause added sensitivity. Teeth Whitening
Dr. Hill specifically utilizes Opalescence Gel Regular 35%, a gel that uses carbamide peroxide plus fluoride and potassium nitrate to whiten your teeth while protecting against sensitivity. This gel is applied to custom whitening trays Dr. Hill creates for his Colorado Spring cosmetic dentistry patients. The custom trays are an added benefit from typical over-the-counter products because they are made for your teeth and your teeth only. This means whitening gel goes only where it is supposed to go: on your teeth. Non-custom whitening trays, gels or strips mean whitening gel can migrate to your more-sensitive gums, which can lead to burn-like damage.
How Do whitening Trays Work?
With regular wear for 30 minutes twice a day for a week or more, the Opalescence whitening system can remove red wine, coffee and tea stains from your teeth, turning back the hands of time on your smile. Because the custom trays are yours to keep, all you need is to purchase the gel to renew your initial results.
If you have further questions about professional teeth whitening, we encourage you to call our Colorado Springs, CO cosmetic dentist office at (719) 540-3983. We will be happy to answer any questions and further explain how the whitening process can help you experience whiter teeth.