Is There Really a Difference Between Professional and Over The Counter Teeth Whitening Treatments?

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Figuring out what type of teeth whitening treatment is best for you can be challenging, especially considering the many options. Just by looking at over-the-counter options, you have whitening trays, whitening strips, whitening toothpaste, and more. Your dentist also will likely offer whitening treatments. For those in the Burlington, Ontario area, you can discuss professional teeth whitening options with Dr. Thelam Nguyen and the dental team at Tansley Woods Dentistry. Dr. Nguyen offers both in-office and take-home whitening services. You may ask yourself, “Is there a difference between professional and over-the-counter whitening options?” Let us take a look into this.

Does One Size Really Fit All?

When it comes to take-home whitening trays, over-the-counter options tout their products as one size fits all. When you open the box and pull out the whitening tray, you will likely either boil or microwave it to heat it up and then bite down into it so it can mould to the shape of your smile. Still, many patients who go this route report that results are uneven as the fit is not perfect, resulting in the whitening gel not making proper contact with every tooth. Choosing take-home trays from your local dentist ensures you get whitening trays crafted to perfectly fit your smile for even, consistent results every time.

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Dental Supervision

When bleaching gels are not used correctly, they can cause harm to your teeth and gums. You will be provided directions when you buy a whitening treatment from your local grocery or drug store. After that, however, you are on your own. When you visit your dentist for either an in-office or take-home whitening treatment, you will get the supervision and guidance of a dental professional who will ensure your whitening treatment is completed correctly and without the risks of unsupervised use of teeth bleaching gels.

These are just a couple of reasons why choosing a professional teeth whitening treatment will benefit you. To learn more about whitening treatments, schedule an appointment at Tansley Woods Dentistry today by calling (289) 273-4289.


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Dr. Thelam Nguyen
Dr. Thelam Nguyen

Dr. Thelam Nguyen, a distinguished dental professional, combines a solid educational background with over two decades of dedicated practice. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from the University of Western Ontario and a Doctorate of Dental Surgery from the University of Toronto School of Dentistry. Dr. Nguyen's expertise extends to Implant Dentistry, Periodontal Surgery, Cosmetic Dentistry, and Adult Orthodontics. He is a respected member of prestigious dental organizations, embodying a patient-centered approach at Tansley Woods Dentistry.