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Professional vs. Over-the-Counter Teeth Whitening

Professional vs. Over-the-Counter Teeth Whitening

Professional vs. Over-the-Counter Teeth Whitening

When it comes to whitening your teeth, there are a range of over the counter products available. Here, our Surrey dentist explain why professional whitening systems tend to be safer and more effective.


The main problem with over the counter whitening treatments is that they are just not particularly effective. Most of them only remove surface stains and don’t really result in a noticeably whiter smile.

In addition, products like whitening strips, toothpastes and rinses don’t whiten dental restorations. If you have caps, bonding or veneers, for instance, over the counter whitening aids won’t do much for you.

Professional whitening at your dentist’s office is more controlled and is often done as part of a full mouth dental restoration, meaning you can plan your whitening  regimen in conjunction with and dental restoration you need, or that need replacing. You can whiten your teeth first, in other words, and then have the restorations completed to match the new, whiter colour.

Professional whitening products also offer far more noticeable results than over the counter products. They don’t just remove stains, but actually lighten the colour of your teeth themselves.

Professional whitening products are more expensive than over the counter products, but the price difference is certainly reflected in the superior results you can achieve!

If you’re interested in teeth whitening, get in touch with our Surrey dentists to book a consultation!

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