We’ve all seen the commercials for over the counter teeth whitening products: rinses, toothpastes, and strips. Of course, the commercials promise great results, but are they really the best choice for you and your smile? Let us help you know the facts so you can make an informed decision about teeth whitening.

OTC products are popular because they are a relatively inexpensive, at-home option to whiten your teeth from everyday stains. However, results can be unpredictable and incomplete. Some OTC whitening strips and gels have been known to cause extreme sensitivity. If you choose a tray-based system, the trays may irritate your gums. Overuse of OTC whitening products can actually cause teeth to become grey! Other products, especially some toothpastes, give little to no results. Your dental health and bright smile are worth a professional consultation.

At Colson Dental Group in Raleigh, Dr. Colson helps each patient choose the right level of lightening for their specific needs. We take impressions of your teeth and gums and then custom design bleaching trays for each patient.  The trays are usually ready in just a day or two. Custom-made trays are much less likely to irritate your sensitive gum tissue. We evaluate your smile to determine if both the upper and lower teeth need whitening, or if only the uppers show when you talk and smile. The bleaching agents used by professional dentists are not the same as the ingredients found in OTC products. Professional supervision of the whitening process ensures that each patient achieves the desired shade of whiteness that is most natural for their teeth.

Teeth whitening, whether professional or OTC, is not recommended for women who are pregnant or nursing, or for most children. WebMD recommends discussing teeth whitening with your dentist before beginning.

When you consider your options, professional teeth whitening by a dentist is the healthier and more effective choice. Since your dental health is so important, choose teeth whitening procedures performed by a dental professional, like Dr. James Colson in Raleigh, NC. Our plans are affordable, so call us today at (919) 231-6053 for your evaluation.