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Why You Might Not See Results with Over-the-Counter Teeth Whitening Products

By Ann R. Sielicki, DDS on May 21, 2019

Professional teeth whitening at Sonoran Dental Design Do you long for a whiter, brighter smile? If so, then the idea of purchasing one of the many whitening products available at pharmacies and supermarkets may have crossed your mind. There is no shortage of whitening strips, trays and toothpastes that promise whiter teeth after just a few weeks of use. But the truth is that these products often don’t deliver the desired results.

Sonoran Dental Design, a top Scottsdale dental practice, discusses the drawbacks of over-the-counter whitening products and offers a more effective solution for a radiant smile.

What You Should Know About Over-the-Counter Whitening Products

The main reason why over-the-counter whitening products fall short of delivering great results is that the bleaching agents in these products are weak compared to those found in professional whitening products used by dentists. While some of the products may be able to whiten superficial or extrinsic stains or discoloration, they are often not powerful enough to address intrinsic stains, or stains that affect the deepest layers of tooth enamel.

Not only do over-the-counter whitening products fall short in delivering results, they can also be uncomfortable to use. Tray- or strip-based whitening systems may be ill-fitting, causing the bleaching agent to leak and irritate the gums and soft tissues of the mouth. Over-the-counter teeth whitening products may also cause tooth sensitivity or potentially irritate untreated cavities, causing excruciating pain.

Brighter, Whiter Teeth with Professional Kör Teeth Whitening

If you’re tired of investing in over-the-counter products and not seeing the results you want, Sonoran Dental Design has a solution. Teeth whitening with the Kör system is a two-step process. During the first step, you will wear custom-fit trays and apply a highly potent whitening gel to your teeth daily for two weeks. The trays will be created to fit the unique contours of your teeth and gums, ensuring a precise fit and even distribution of the whitening gel.

Once you’ve completed the at-home stage of treatment, you will come to our office so our team can perform the next stage, which takes approximately 90 minutes. We will apply a whitening gel to the teeth for about 15 minutes before removing it and reapplying more gel. One of the advantages of the KöR whitening system is that the second stage is professionally supervised. A member of our team will be present at all times and be able to control the amount and strength of the whitening gel to minimize tooth sensitivity without sacrificing the desired results. You will be able to sit back and relax, knowing that you are in the hands of a professional. Afterward, you can expect your smile to be noticeably lighter. In some cases, the KöR teeth whitening can lighten teeth up to eight shades!

Ready for a whiter and more confident smile? To learn more about KöR teeth whitening, schedule an appointment with Sonoran Dental Design. Contact us to speak to a member of our team today.


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Dr. Sielicki and her staff are professional and I immediately felt comfortable. My teeth look fantastic. I could not be more pleased with the outcome.Emily

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