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Are Teeth Whitening Strips Effective?

At Designer Smiles, our cosmetic dentist, Dr. Ann Haggard, is always excited to help patients fall in love with their smile. Depending on the patient’s unique aesthetic goals, this may involve whitening the teeth and addressing deep stains. Several types of high-quality over-the-counter whitening products, such as strips, exist in the oral healthcare world, and many of them can produce beautiful results. With that in mind, not all of these products are the same, and it’s important to understand their differences.

For instance, when shopping for teeth whitening strips, look for products that contain peroxide – specifically hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide. These strips are designed to deeply penetrate enamel in order to address discoloration. Although some brands claim that “peroxide-free” teeth whitening is healthier, the truth is that peroxide strips are generally safe when used in moderation and with the proper precautions. They can also be extremely effective when applied properly and left on for the appropriate amount of time.*

Moreover, while over-the-counter whitening products can be great options for many, their results typically can’t compare to those of a professional-grade Zoom!® teeth whitening treatment. This is because professional treatments often use higher concentrations of the whitening agent, and the sessions tend to produce much longer-lasting results. Additionally, Zoom!® treatments are customizable and take-home aligners are crafted from a mold of the patient’s teeth in order to create a natural-looking enhancement. 

To learn more about teeth whitening or our other cosmetic dentistry options, schedule your consultation today. 

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