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Common Questions About Professional Teeth Whitening

If you want a whiter smile you may have already begun exploring your options. There are a number of products available over-the-counter that claim to whiten teeth. Toothpastes, mouthwashes, even some gums, come with labels that say they can whiten or brighten your teeth. There are home remedies as well, that you may have heard about from friends, or seen on social media websites. If you still have questions, though, it is time to learn about teeth whitening, and particularly, what sets professional teeth whitening apart.

Is It Safe to Whiten My Teeth?

Many whitening products are safe, but you should always follow the directions closely. If your desired results aren’t reached after an initial treatment, do not rush to complete a second. Overuse of whitening products can damage the enamel of your teeth.

Can’t I Just Get Whitening Strips Over-the-Counter?

Yes, you can purchase many whitening products over-the-counter. Strips are one popular choice. Just keep in mind that the strips may not fit your teeth perfectly, and so the treatment may not meet your expectations. It’s also important to keep any whitening products off your gums, as they can cause irritation to your sensitive gum tissue.

Can I Get Fast Results?

Professional whitening offers extremely effective and efficient results. In-office treatment is completed in a single visit, usually within one hour. At-home treatments involve customized trays that are filled with a whitening product that can lighten your teeth by several shades within a week or two. The trays require 30 to 45 minutes of use each day.

What Happens If My Stains Can’t Be Removed?

If you have stains so deeply set that professional whitening cannot help, there are other options we can provide as your cosmetic dentist. Veneers and dental bonding can both be effective ways to cover stains.


At Modern Dentistry, Todd A. Pizzi, DDS, and Luciana Messina, DDS, are dedicated to providing high-quality cosmetic, restorative, and preventive dentistry services to patients and families in Shrewsbury, Worcester, North and South Grafton, Westborough, Southborough, Northborough, Boylston, Hopkinton, Millbury, and all surrounding communities. To schedule your next appointment, contact our office by calling 508-842-6356 today.