What Are the Differences Between Professional Whitening Kits and Over-the-Counter Whitening Treatments?

If you’re interested in a professional whitening kit or over-the-counter treatments to whiten your smile, you’re probably wondering which treatment is right for your chompers. You’re right to wonder this because each treatment can affect your smile differently, and it’s important to know which treatment is right for you. To help you, our dentist, Dr. Sohrab Saghezchi, is happy to tell you the differences between the two types of treatments.

Professional whitening kits are very strong treatments that can create a dramatic change in the color of your teeth. This is because they have a high level of hydrogen peroxide, which is the whitening solution that eliminates tooth stains. Typically, these kits contain 14 percent of hydrogen peroxide content when over-the-counter treatments usually have 5 to 10 percent of peroxide. The professional whitening kits are recommended for those who have more stubborn and severe stains that need stronger whitening solution to remove them.

Over-the-counter treatments can slightly brighten your teeth—but only by a couple shades. These treatments are a great option if you have mild tooth stains that aren’t too stubborn. These stains don’t need the high level of peroxide to be washed away. These treatments are also great for people who have extremely sensitive teeth and gums. It’s best to talk to your dentist about which treatment is right for you.

Do you have any questions about whitening treatments in Mill Valley, California? If so, please contact Mill Valley Dental at 415-578-5879 and talk to a member of our dental team. We are happy to give you the answers and information you need so you can achieve the beautiful smile you desire.

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