Are Over-the-Counter Teeth Whitening Kits Effective?

 Sergio Cutone  Wednesday, November 01, 2017

Have your teeth lost a little bit of their shine to staining foods, staining drinks, or perhaps even just to natural aging? With so many different tooth whitening options available at Edmonton dental clinics today, more people than ever are interested in brightening up their smile. At Azarko Dental Group, our Edmonton dentists are proud to provide teeth whitening treatments for anyone looking to whiten their smile.


It's true that you can also pick up at-home whitening kits from just about any drug store, but are these kits as safe and effective as the treatments available at an Edmonton dental clinic? Let's take a look.

The Effectiveness and Safety of At-Home Whitening Kits

The types of whitening kits that you can buy for at-home use certainly do contain active bleaching agents which target the stains on your teeth. However, for safety reasons, these chemicals are usually not allowed to be very strong, and therefore don't have the power to remove deep stains. An over-the-counter whitening kit will typically contain no more than 10% peroxide, while prescription strength whiteners can contain up to 40% peroxide. Many people who try whitening kits are often disappointed by how long it takes to see results and by results not being all that noticeable.

While at-home whitening products are not dangerous to your health, they can cause mild tooth pain and gum sensitivity in some people. It is not recommended that you try any at-home whitening products without first consulting your Edmonton dentist if you have periodontal disease.

Fast, Effective Teeth Whitening at Your Edmonton Dentist

There's just no comparing the results of an over-the-counter whitening kit with the speed and effectiveness of teeth whitening treatment at an Edmonton dental clinic. Going to a dentist will give you noticeable results after just one treatment. A professional teeth whitening is ideal for people with deep tooth stains or for people who simply want to see quick results.

At Azarko Dental Group our Edmonton dentists provide a type of in-office whitening known as ZOOM!® whitening. During a ZOOM!® whitening procedure, a whitening gel is applied to your teeth and is then activated using a special light. You won't have to worry about tooth or gum sensitivity and you'll notice that your smile is one to eight shades whiter just an hour after treatment.

For people who prefer whitening their teeth in the comfort of their own home, we also provide at-home whitening with custom bleaching trays that are much more effective than the whitening kits you'll find in-store. You'll notice dramatic results between just two days to two weeks, and you'll be able to use your custom-trays to touch-up your teeth any time in the future.

If you want to find out more about our teeth whitening treatments, or if you'd like to go ahead and book an appointment, then just contact the Azarko Dental Group clinic closest to you today.

Azarko West
780-483-7079
14938 Stony Plain Rd.
Edmonton, AB T5P 3X8

Azarko South
780-988-8190
969 James Mowatt Trail SW
Edmonton, AB T6W 1S4