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Why Is Professional Teeth Whitening Better?

February 16, 2023 Published by

Looking to brighten up your teeth? Today, there are an array of options for teeth whitening, whether it’s over-the-counter kits or laser procedures conducted by a dental professional. However, receiving treatment by your dentist may be more preferable than other methods when it comes to effectiveness and safety. Read on to learn more about the benefits of professional teeth whitening.

Quicker results

Both store-bought kits and in-office procedures use hydrogen peroxide, which is the bleaching agent used to whiten teeth. However, the store-bought kits use a low dose. Agents used by a dentist have a higher dose of the peroxide. This is sometimes combined with LED light or laser to speed up the whitening process. A whiter smile of two to eight shades lighter can be obtained within an hour at the dental office versus seeing potential progress through over-the-counter kits in weeks and even months.


At Oakboro Family Dentistry, our team will first thoroughly clean your teeth and remove any plaque or tartar for optimal results. Because the bleaching doses are higher and controlled, the whitening penetrates deeper below the surface of the tooth. On the other hand, over-the-counter whitening methods tend to reach only the surface. Therefore, the professional teeth whitening results tend to last longer in addition to removing more stains.


Unsupervised teeth whitening kits can sometimes cause side effects such as teeth sensitivity and enamel damage. It’s also possible to burn your gums which is very painful. However, professional whitening is carefully monitored by our trained team. Before starting, we’ll take measures to ensure that you are a candidate for the in-house procedures. And if there are oral health issues like enamel damage present, our dentists may be able to customize the procedure according to the patient’s needs. With a dental professional, the process should be as painless as possible.

Teeth Whitening in Oakboro, NC

If you’re interested in getting your teeth whitened, Oakboro Family Dentistry offers a few whitening options that are safe and affordable. To learn more, reach out to our office and we’d be happy to set up a consultation.

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