Not All Teeth Whitening Options are Created Equal

Glendale Dentist Serving Phoenix, Scottsdale, Peoria, and nearby areas in Arizona

Teeth whitening is a quick and effective way to brighten discolored teeth. While you can find many inexpensive over-the-counter whitening options at your local drug store, you often get what you pay for. There are significant differences in the quality of results achieved when using professional-grade teeth whiting systems compared with over-the-counter products. Professional-grade teeth whitening systems administered in Dr. Wilcox’s office use a higher concentration of bleaching gel. This allows you to achieve a much brighter shade than is possible with over-the-counter whitening products. Dr. Wilcox will also supervise the entire procedure, improving safety and allowing for more precise results. In addition, professional teeth whitening systems use customized trays that fit snugly over your teeth, reducing the risk of gum sensitivity. On the other hand, the lower concentration of bleach used in over-the-counter products limits the degree of brightness that can be achieved. These products also use generic trays that don’t fit your teeth properly. This can cause the bleaching gel to leak out, increasing gum irritation and sensitivity. The lack of customized trays also makes it much more difficult to achieve uniform results. As a result, some areas of your teeth may appear brighter than others. Dr. Donald Wilcox offers professional-grade in-office and at-home teeth whitening options to patients in the Scottsdale area. In-office whitening can brighten your teeth as much as 8-10 shades in about an hour. If you prefer to whiten your teeth gradually in the comfort of your own home, Dr. Wilcox offers at-home tray bleaching. You can achieve the same dramatic results as you would with in-office options within 1-2 weeks. Regardless of which option you choose, you will achieve significantly better results than are possible with over-the-counter teeth whitening products. We encourage you to visit our office to learn more about the whitening options available to you. Please contact Desert Smiles today to schedule your free teeth whitening consultation. Dr. Wilcox serves patients in the Scottsdale, Arizona area.