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Professional Teeth Whitening vs. OTC Products

Are you ready to whiten your teeth but aren't sure if you should visit your Apple Valley, CA, dentist, Dr. Samuel Kim for professional whitening or try a do-it-yourself approach? Before you make a decision, here are a few things you may want to consider.


How long will you need to use an over-the-counter (OTC) whitening product for optimal results? Will you remember to follow the recommended schedule if you need to apply the product for weeks or months?

Professional whitening at the Apple Valley dental office only takes about an hour, and most people only need one treatment to reach their desired results. If you know that you don't have the patience to apply OTC products week after week, professional whitening offers an excellent solution.

At-home whitening kits are also available from the dentist. You'll need to use the custom trays and the whitening gel provided for about a week or two if you choose this option. At-home trays also offer a convenient way to touch up your whitened teeth occasionally.


How much of a change can you expect with OTC whiteners? It can be disappointing to use a product as recommended yet only see minimal improvement in the color of your teeth.

Professional-strength hydrogen peroxide, the active ingredient in whiteners, targets the source of stains by breaking apart and removing dark pigment in your tooth enamel. These pigments collect in your enamel after you drink coffee or tea, or eat berries or other dark foods.

After your professional whitening treatment, your teeth will be noticeably whiter. In fact, most people experience a three-to eight-shade improvement.


Some OTC products may actually may your teeth look duller. Harsh products wear away your enamel, exposing the yellow dentin layer underneath. Unfortunately, once the enamel's gone, it won't grow back.

Some people find it hard to tolerate the whitening process due to sensitivity. During your professional whitening session, your dentist will apply a protective gel to your gums and use plastic retractors to keep your lips from touching your teeth. Your safety and comfort are the priorities during professional whitening sessions.

Interested? Give us a call

Brighten your smile with professional teeth whitening! Call your dentist in Apple Valley, CA, Dr. Kim, at (760) 247-6007 to schedule your appointment.