“My teeth look yellow and have dark spots. Are store-bought whitening strips enough to restore my smile?”

“My teeth look yellow and have dark spots. Are store-bought whitening strips enough to restore my smile?”

Whitening your teeth with store-bought strips can be effective if done correctly, but it comes with some risks. One important thing to consider when choosing between these two methods is the sensitivity of your mouth, especially your gums. Most teeth whitening kits that use a gel whitener include trays that aren’t a custom fit for your teeth. Since these trays won’t seal around your teeth, excess gel is able to come in contact with your gums. The harsh chemicals in the whitener can cause irritation or even chemical burns. By whitening your teeth at your dentist’s office, you can use trays that are made specifically for your mouth under the supervision of your dentist, both of which help prevent any discomfort or injury to your mouth.

Another thing to consider when whitening your teeth is the length of time you’re willing to commit to brightening your smile. Some products like whitening strips can take up to 3 weeks to give you a finished product. But if you whiten in the dentist’s office, your smile can be noticeably whiter in just one visit.

Dr. Carter would love to talk about your whitening options during your next office visit-call in for an appointment today!

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