OTC Whitening? Say No Thanks.

September 29, 2016

When you’re on a mission to make your smile look better by erasing stains, your first stop is likely whitening. It’s a good place to begin because, for many patients, teeth whitening quickly and effectively gets rid of stains, so the finished product is a brilliant, vivid smile. Unfortunately, if this first stop of yours includes the drugstore, you’re a bit off track. Become familiar with why professional whitening is a wonderful choice but why over-the-counter (OTC) whitening is not. It will save you a lot of heartache!

The OTC Formula Is Harsh

When you sit down to discuss teeth whitening with us, we can explain to you all about our system for choosing whitening options. Among our top priorities are the following: A gentle formula that will not damage teeth, gentle ingredients that will minimize the chance of sensitivity, and a powerful formula that yields optimal whitening results. These are the main reasons we suggest you stick with professional care rather than OTC care. The formula you will receive from the drugstore will be hard on your teeth, while lacking the strength to dramatically improve stains.

The OTC Results Are Weak

While teeth whitening from OTC options come with harsh ingredients and formulations that can damage teeth, all of this intensity is not going to equate to a whiter smile. Unfortunately, the results you see when you look in the mirror will pale in comparison to what you can achieve with professional teeth whitening systems. We encourage you to schedule time to talk with us about how to make your smile look its best, so we can protect your oral health and lead you toward a brighter smile.


At Lake Orion Family Dentistry, Dr. Brad Greenfield works to improve patients’ wellbeing, as well as their oral health, and he is proud to offer holistic, 100% metal-free dentistry. To learn more, or to schedule a dental appointment, call our office in Lake Orion, MI, today at 248-693-6213. We proudly welcome patients and families from around Lake Orion, MI, as well as Auburn Hills, Rochester Hills, Clarkston, Oxford, all surrounding communities.

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