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Do over-the-counter whitening products work?

cosmetic dentist green bay wiOver-the-counter tooth whitening products, such as toothpaste, can help remove surface stains because they contain mild abrasives. Other OTC tooth whitening products can also help whiten teeth because many of them contain some of the same whitening ingredients found in professional teeth whitening products. The difference is that the OTC products contain these ingredients at a much lower concentration than the professional options.

How Teeth Whitening Works 

Professional teeth whitening at your Green Bay dentist is a quick procedure that is usually completed in about an hour or so. The process if often accelerated by the use of a special light. When you bleach your teeth at home, results will take a much longer time. For example, if you are trying whitening strips, you might be required to wear them for several hours a day over the course of a couple of weeks.

Another problem with OTC whitening products is that people tend to use them inconsistently. They might start using the products for a few days, but then they don’t continue with the treatment. Sometimes people also use the products incorrectly. It’s important to follow instructions with these products and use them as long as is recommended.

Whiter Smiles in Green Bay

If you are looking for a dentist in Green Bay to guide you through the teeth whitening process, give us a call!

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