There’s no question that over-the-counter whitening kits can help, but are they as effective as professional cosmetic dentistry? Here’s some things you should know.

We’ve all seen those top-brand kits at the pharmacy, promising high-end results for whitening teeth over the course of a week or two. But are these over-the-counter products as effective or as promising as making an appointment for professional cosmetic dental whitening? There’s a lot you need to know about the process of whitening before you can make that decision. Here are a few factors to keep in mind as you look for new ways to make that mouth shine.

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Professional Cosmetic Dental Whitening

  1. In-Depth Attention to Each Tooth

The whitening kits that you can find in the stores are often packaged as a form of mouthguard, or as strips that you layer over the top and bottom layers of your teeth. With cosmetic dentistry, there’s more of an individualized attention given to each tooth that simply can’t be included within the box. The added benefit of hiring a trained professional to assist with this is that they have more opportunity to be thorough as they inspect your mouth for any missed areas during the initial cleaning and whitening process.

  1. Stronger Materials

There’s only so much that a teeth-whitening kit can provide in terms of strength. More often times than not, the box will show you that your teeth may move one or two shades closer to white, simply because the ingredients aren’t equipped for dramatic change. Cosmetic dental care provided by someone with experience, especially spaced out over several visits, can see a more substantial difference, because the ingredients are made for a more professional use.

  1. Durable Results

One of the downfalls of settling for a boxed kit is that there’s no guarantee for long-lasting results after the whitening is completed. Who knows for how long, exactly, you can expect the new shade to stay the same? A dental cosmetic professional can assure you that the procedure is more resistant to certain foods and liquids that often stain, while providing you with the knowledge of how to properly care for your teeth post-whitening. This will ensure that your smile stays bright for a much longer time.

  1. Individualized Service

Does “one-size-fits-all” ever work as it is intended? Not all mouths are the same, and teeth come in all sizes, so the tools found in each kit may not necessarily be what is best for you. However, by booking an expert with experience, you can expect a customized service that works best for your smile. The individual attention provided from an external source means that the surface area of each tooth is fully covered for the most effective results.

If you’re interested in making an appointment for teeth whitening or other cosmetic dentistry services, please give us a call at (212) 753-7000. We’d be happy to provide you with any information you may need!