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Are you interested in whitening your smile? If so, you’re probably considering all of your many options, which might include professional whitening kits or over-the-counter treatments. Little did you know, each treatment can affect your teeth and gums differently, which is why it’s important to do your research and learn what you can about each treatment. To help you, our dentist, Dr. Sellers, Dr. Platt, Dr. Lochtefeld, and Dr. Lochtefeld, is happy to tell you the differences between professional whitening kits and over-the-counter treatments.

Professional whitening kits are strong whitening treatments that can give you dramatic color changes in your tooth enamel. This is because they have a high peroxide level with a typical 14 percent hydrogen peroxide content. Generally, over-the-counter treatments have 5 to 10 percent of hydrogen peroxide. The higher peroxide levels help people who have more severe and stubborn tooth stains and people who can tolerate a more intense whitening treatment.

Over-the-counter treatments can slightly brighten your teeth—but only by a couple shades. These treatments are a great option if you have minor tooth stains that aren’t too deep. These stains don’t need the high level of peroxide to be eliminated. These treatments are also great for people who have an extremely sensitive smile. It’s best to talk to your dentist about which treatment is right for you.

For more information and details about teeth whitening treatments in Springboro, Dayton, and Kettering, Ohio, please contact Dayton Comprehensive Dentistry today at (937) 253-3601 and talk to a member of our dental team. We are happy to give you the answers you need so you can achieve your smile goals!