Gels, pens, rinses, toothpaste–there are a lot of teeth whitening products available on the market today. Creating brighter smiles has become a big business, with more people concerned about the appearance of their teeth and overall oral health.
As a team of dental hygienists, we offer dental-grade teeth whitening in Surrey—one of the most in-demand cosmetic dental treatments today. Why? According to Karen Asp, author of Anti-Aging Hacks: 200+ Ways to Feel-and Look-Younger, a beautiful bright smile can make people look up to five years younger—not bad for a procedure that only takes about an hour!
At Simply Smile in Surrey, our teeth whitening service is fast and safe, relying on state-of-the-art technology and dental-grade products to quickly remove surface staining caused by food, coffee, tobacco, etc. In about 45 minutes, smiles are 2 to 20 shades brighter. But what about all those over-the-counter treatments? Do they work? And if so, which do we recommend?
While certain over-the-counter products (OTC) do offer results, they will not match an in-office teeth whitening. Manufacturers must limit active ingredients in OTC products to ensure misuse does not result in injury. That means these products take longer to work—and the results aren’t as dramatic. It’s reasonable to expect to see a difference of between 1-4 shades after extended use. It depends on the ingredients—look for hydrogen or carbamide peroxide—and how diligently the products are used.
One of our favourite over-the-counter products is Crest 3D Whitestrips. The active ingredient is hydrogen peroxide, and the product works by leaving the active ingredient on the teeth for an extended period. Expect to see a difference of about 2-4 shades after about 20 days of daily use
This product is formulated with 3% hydrogen peroxide and promises noticeably whiter teeth after brushing 2 times a day for 4 weeks. This is a budget-friendly way to remove surface staining—and a GH Beauty Award Winner.
Whitening pens don’t typically provide long-term results. Rather, they’re a great pick pick-me-up after a cup of coffee or a glass of red wine. These pens generally have a lower concentration of active ingredients, so they are less irritating for sensitive teeth. Expect results up to two shades brighter.
At Simply Smile, we provide safe, professional teeth whitening in Surrey. Our dental hygienists work with an eye on health and beauty, providing services to clients looking for outstanding results.
Over-the-counter products are a great way to explore what professional teeth whitening can accomplish—and may also be used to prolong the results of professional teeth whitening. However, in-office teeth whitening still offers the fastest and most dramatic results. As dental hygienists, we also work to maximize your comfort and safety, because we believe teeth whitening should leave you smiling.
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