Dr. James S. Kim, DDS. SC

Do you recommend over-the-counter teeth bleaching kits?

Although over-the-counter teeth whitening kits are cheaper than professional whitening procedures and promise the same results, we cannot recommend them for a number of reasons:

  • The concentration of the bleaching ingredient is much lower, which can give you uneven results. Your whitening treatment will also take considerably longer, which can cause sensitivity for many people.
  • These products do not allow the customization available with professional whitening products. We provide you with customized trays made from actual models of your own teeth!
  • Using the kits improperly or for too long can cause damage to your enamel.
  • The product can be highly irritating if it gets on your soft tissues, such as your lips, teeth, or gums.

When you choose professional whitening, you can count on getting good results. We will monitor you throughout your process to make sure your whitening treatment is going well and you are getting the results you want.

We also recommend a professional cleaning before your whitening treatment. This will help make sure that no plaque or tartar is in the way, which can lead to uneven results.

If you have questions or concerns at any time during your whitening process, feel free to call our office! We are here to help (yet another advantage of professional teeth whitening services!). 

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