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Over-the-counter Teeth Whitening Products: Are They Worth the Buck?

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Over-the-counter Teeth Whitening Products: Are They Worth the Buck?

If you check the numbers that are being spent on tooth whitening products, you will be stunned. The use of red wine, coffee, and cigarettes has hampered the teeth, and people, therefore, don’t shy away from spending big on teeth whitening products. If you compare teeth whitening products to professional teeth whitening options, you will find that professional help is much better. Products such as whitening strips and liquid work fine but they work on just the front teeth. They don’t work well on the back teeth and still cost as heavy as anything.

How are Teeth Whitening at the Dentist Better Than Over-the-Counter Products?

All in all, it yields better results. It is purely because teeth whitening done at the dentist is quite controlled and is also easier to use. Dentists mostly use a tray system as it gives much flexibility to patients. Also, at the dentists’ office, it is quite easy to go for a touch-up to keep that sparkle. On the other hand, over-the-counter products are not as effective. This is because the chemistry is much weak and therefore it cannot bleach all your teeth for a longer period. One disadvantage of over-the-counter products is that they are quite strong and dangerous to ingest and use. Thus, over-the-counter teeth whitening products are expensive and not effective as well.

Are Our Teeth Whitening Safe?

This is indeed a million-dollar question but as long as you are doing it through a dentist-approved way, it is one of the safest. There are various methods and you should stick to the one that suits you. Always follow the directions that are prescribed by your dentist. Before trying, it will be helpful to discuss the methods and ways once with your dentist. There are many approaches to teeth whitening. Organically if it is done it is a safe way but it can’t be said with over-the-counter teeth whitening products.

Some Disadvantages of Using Over-the-Counter Teeth Whitening Products

  • Teeth Whitening strips cover only the first six teeth.
  • Teeth Whitening paste contains many abrasive agents which are used for removing any kind of stain.
  • Most of the over-the-counter products are expensive.
  • Proper guidance to use the product can’t be gained.
  • Many products are harmful as they are made using chemicals that are not good for the body.
  • Over-the-counter product results don’t last long.

We don’t deny using the OTC teeth whitening products but we believe it’s an expert’s task! At Smile craft dental studio we are that team of experts so trust us when it is about your teeth! Book an appointment now and see the change.


Dr. Nirali Patel

Dr. Nirali Patel is the founder and clinical Director at Smile Craft Dental Studio in Ahmedabad, India. Outside of her clinical responsibilities, she dedicates her time to sharing his dental knowledge with a broader audience. Her articles illuminate the importance of dental care, current dentistry advancements, and enhance understanding of holistic oral health.