It might feel tempting to purchase the whitening strips from the store or the whitening kit you saw an ad for on Facebook. What many people don’t consider these products sold online and in stores is their quality. At Dr. Andrea Stevens Dentistry, we want our patients to achieve a healthy and white smile which is why we advise our patients to steer clear of over the counter (OTC) whitening products. Learn why you should invest in professional teeth whitening instead.

Young man shopping in a supermarket holding shopping cart. He's heard about all the benefits of a whiter smile which is why he's looking for over the counter teeth whitening products. He might think twice and consider visiting a professional like Dr. Andrea Stevens, a dentist in Ottawa.

Common Problems with OTC Teeth Whitening Products

There are many different problems with OTC whitening kits. To start, there is no way to tell if they are safe to use or not. If you bought it online, it can come from anywhere. There are also many whitening products out there like charcoal toothpaste that actually scrub away your enamel to make your teeth look whiter. This is horrible for the health of your teeth. Your enamel doesn’t grow back and is responsible for protecting your teeth from bacteria.

Not only is there no way to keep your teeth safe with OTC products, but you have no control over the results. Your teeth might whiten 1 shade, 10 shades or not at all. They also might not whiten evenly. Your smile might look worse after using an OTC product. There’s no way to ensure your end results.

OTC whitening kits are also known for giving patients oversensitive teeth. This makes eating or drinking hot and cold foods and drinks painful to do. If you overuse the whitening products, you might also weaken your teeth and even harm your gums. At the end of the day, if you care about the health of your teeth as well as their appearance, you won’t waste your money on OTC products.

Benefits of Professional Teeth Whitening

When you visit Dr. Stevens for a professional teeth whitening treatment, we do everything in our power to help you feel comfortable and achieve the results you want. First, we will distinguish what color you want your teeth to be and discuss any sensitivity in your mouth. We will choose the best whitening product to achieve your goals. We offer both in-office and take-home whitening options so you can obtain a professionally white smile in the place that is most convenient for you. Your results will look even, be the right shade, and won’t make your teeth oversensitive. Best of all, it won’t harm your teeth.

If you’re ready for professionally whitened teeth, give Dr. Stevens a call at 613.271.7091 to schedule a teeth whitening appointment.