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Are over-the-counter teeth whitening products as effective as professional in-office treatments?

NO! Nor are they as safe. While OTC products may be cheaper, they definitely have many pitfalls. First, they provide gradual and lackluster results. If you use a strip product, you are more likely to end up with two-toned colored results because they don’t cover teeth evenly. Plus, they are extremely rough on gums. Also, many people tend to overuse OTC products. That combined with ill-fitting trays and strips leads to many long-term problems from enamel damage and gum sensitivity.
On the contrary,  in-office treatments are much safer because we create custom-fitted mouth trays to provide even coverage of a much more-effective whitening gel. The biggest benefit of a custom mouth tray is the gel will not run over and harm your gums. Prescription whitening gel is also better for your enamel and produces a much quicker and longer-lasting result. Plus, being under the supervision of your doctor helps us monitor the health of your gums and teeth while giving you the brightest smile possible!

Eastern Shore Dental Care, (410) 643-5500, www.easternshoredentalcare.com

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