Are Over-the-Counter Whitening Strips Bad for Your Teeth?
- Posted on: Aug 10 2012
Over-the-counter (OTC) whitening strips offer the most economical option for teeth whitening. Unfortunately, they also offer the least reliable results and may actually be bad for your teeth. OTC strips cannot penetrate stains as effectively as other at-home options. Due to this, they must be used with greater frequency. The American Dental Association has found that teeth whitening is safe if done every six months. OTC strips often require whitening with much greater frequency as the results simply don’t last very long.
Safe Alternatives to OTC Whitening Strips
The best way to get a consistently white smile is with one of the teeth whitening options from our Arlington cosmetic dentists. We offer both in-office and professional strength take-home kits that provide vastly superior results to those purchased at retail stores.
The take-home kits available at our office come with customized application trays. These allow the bleaching solution to sufficiently cover each tooth, providing seamless results that can last for months at a time.
Having your teeth whitened by a cosmetic dentist is the best way to ensure safe and satisfactory results. Our cosmetic dentists will be happy to discuss all of your teeth whitening options during your initial consultation.
If you live in or around Arlington, Tysons Corner, Alexandria, Fairfax, or McLean, Virginia and would like to learn more about your professional teeth whitening options, please contact Galleria Dental Aesthetics to schedule an initial consultation with one of our cosmetic dentists today.
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