Smoking, drinking coffee, and other behaviors can stain teeth, giving them a discolored look. But even some Discover Dental patients with good oral health ask us about teeth whitening. Many simply want to attain that perfectly white Hollywood smile! We always recommend our professionally applied and supervised teeth whitening services, but there are over-the-counter products, such as Crest Whitestrips, that claim to offer similar results. So, what’s the difference?

Teeth Whitening

Over-the-counter products like Crest Whitestrips often work fine, but there are limitations. Often, patients find them to be cumbersome to use, and they usually only whiten the front six teeth. Even still, they typically do not produce results that are comparable with professional whitening trays like the ones available from Discover Dental.

There are plenty of toothpastes and mouthwashes that claim to whiten your teeth, too. These do not do very much, and any pretty much any toothpaste option will do essentially the same thing, whether it claims to be “whitening” toothpaste or not.

Whitening done here at Discover Dental is much more controlled, is easier to use, and produces better results. In our office, we generally use the tray system, which offers longer-lasting, more effective results. It also gives the most flexibility to our patients and is easy to touch up every few months to maintain the sparkle our patients want.

If your teeth are crooked or spaced unevenly, whitening strips are unlikely to give you the results you’re hoping for. Our system utilizes a custom tray that is trimmed to fit perfectly over the teeth and along the gumline, holding a perfect reservoir of bleaching gel on your teeth for the proscribed amount of time.

If you’re interested in learning more about your teeth-whitening options, call Discover Dental today for a free consultation!