Why Professional Teeth Whitening is Superior to Over-the-Counter Products

Your smile is one of the first things people notice about you. A bright, white smile makes you feel self-confident and imparts a positive image to others. At Westlake Smile Studio in West Lake Village, California, Dr. Mimi Theerathada has brightened countless smiles with the Zoom whitening system. Zoom, the leading professionally whitening system available today, trumps over-the-counter DIY products. Here’s why.

Damage to your gums

The peroxides in over-the-counter teeth whitening products can irritate and harm your gums. These do-it-yourself kits come with trays and strips that aren’t customized for your mouth. The trays and strips are often too large or too small, allowing the peroxides to make contact with your gums, causing irritation and unnecessary harm.

May worsen dental problems

If you have dental problems, over-the-counter products can make them worse. The teeth whitening chemicals can make their way into abscesses, causing pain and increasing the risk of infection.

Tooth damage

If you fail to use at-home teeth whitening products correctly, they can cause damage to the protective layer of enamel on your teeth. Eroding your teeth’s enamel can lead to pain and other complications.

Poor results

Poor results are a major drawback of using over-the-counter teeth whitening products. Some products may leave you with no noticeable teeth whitening, while others may result in uneven whitening.

Reasons to whiten your teeth at the dentist

It’s impossible to replicate the superior results of professional teeth whitening with at-home kits. Professional teeth whitening provides a host of benefits, including:

State-of-the-art products

Dr. Theerathada uses the Zoom in-office teeth-whitening process, which is not only simple but can whiten your teeth up to eight shades brighter in just one visit.* Zoom whitening gel contains a significantly higher concentration of hydrogen peroxide, the active ingredient in whitening solutions, than over-the-counter kits.

After filling the trays with the solution, you are positioned under a specialized light that to activate the whitening process. Dr. Theerathada can also provide take-home teeth-whitening kits to keep your teeth sparkling between office visits.

Custom-made trays

Professional teeth whitening involves using custom-made trays. They’re customized to fit your teeth with comfort and precision. They give your teeth even coverage and reduce the risk of gum damage.

Expert application and improved oral health

Using at-home products can leave a large margin for error. When you have your teeth whitened at your dentist’s office, you can rest assured that you’re receiving expert care. Before whitening your teeth, you will receive a thorough exam to identify any existing problems.

Superior results

There’s no substitute for having your teeth whitened by a professional. A professional will safely and effectively whiten your teeth to give you a brighter, healthier smile.

If you want a dazzling smile, book an appointment online or over the phone with Westlake Smile Studio today.

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