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Professional Teeth Whitening vs. Over-the-Counter (OTC)

September 24, 2022
Posted By: Century Dental
woman smiling after getting her teeth whitened in germantown

Teeth whitening is one the fastest, most affordable ways to impact the appearance of your smile. Many patients lighten their teeth six to ten shades with professional teeth whitening in Germantown. But with so many teeth bleaching products on the market, how can you know if professional teeth whitening is right for you?

Let's take a look at the facts.

Professional Teeth Whitening vs. OTC

Whitening your teeth with your dentist is beneficial for several reasons:

  • First, your dentist has higher strength bleaching gel than you can purchase at the store, which means less time whitening to achieve the desired results.
  • Your dentist can customize your whitening gel based on your needs and your tolerance to sensitivity.
  • If you do experience tooth sensitivity during whitening, your dentist can help.

The truth is OTC products may not offer the results you want for your smile in the time frame you would like. However, choosing professional teeth whitening in Germantown for your smile can save you money in the long run by delivering the brighter smile you want.

How Does Teeth Whitening at Century Dental Work?

Dr. Archuleta and his team offer quick and effective in-office teeth whitening for patients who need immediate results and prescription take-home teeth whitening strips that deliver results over a couple of weeks so you can brighten your smile whenever it's convenient for you.

For in-office whitening, we apply a barrier around your gums and soft tissues to protect them from the gel. Then we put a powerful bleaching gel on your teeth and use a special light to activate it. The finishing touch is some fluoride to help reduce sensitivity and protect your teeth. 

If you'd like to learn more about teeth whitening in Germantown at Century Dental, call us at (301) 972-1600 for more information. 

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