Professional vs. Over-the-Counter Teeth Whitening

Posted Oct 6th, 2017

Professional vs. Over-the-Counter Teeth Whitening

There are a range of over the counter teeth whitening products available. Here, our Surrey dentist explain why professional whitening systems are safer and more effective.


Over the counter whitening treatments are not particularly effective. They only remove surface stains, but don't result in a significantly whiter smile.

Products like whitening strips, toothpastes, or rinses don't whiten caps, bonding, or veneers. They only whiten natural teeth, so you could end up with an unevenly coloured smile.

Because professional whitening at your dentist’s office is more controlled and often done as part of a full mouth dental restoration, you can plan your teeth whitening in conjunction with your dental restorations. In short, you can whiten your teeth first, and then have the restorations completed to match the new, whiter colour.

Professional whitening products produce a significantly more noticeable result versus over the counter products. In addition to removing stains, they lighten the actual colour of your teeth.

Professional whitening products are more expensive than over the counter products, but the price difference is worth it for the superior results!

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

Contact ProActive Dental Studio today, and get on the path to a brighter, healthier smile!