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For the ultimate results in teeth whitening, bypass the over-the-counter (OTC) offerings at the pharmacy and choose to have your dentist do a professional whitening procedure at his office. It will provide the most effective teeth whitening and most pleasing results in less than an hour visit. While OTC products will be less expensive. Remember the old adage, “you get what you pay for.”

You can expect the professional whitening experience to go somewhat like the following. Placing a protective coating on your lips and gums to ensure they are not touched with the bleaching gel, the whitener is painted onto your teeth. After a moment, a UV light will be directed at your mouth which will activate the powerful bleaching substance in the gel. This industrial-strength product is not found in any of the products OTC and will yield immediate results visible right away. The store bought brands of whitener will sometimes take many applications over several days to eventually be seen by the naked eye. This is because the product that your dentist can access is in a much more concentrated form than the mild versions found in stores.

It should be said that teeth whitening products, even the kind used by your dentist are not permanent solutions to discolored teeth. After application, you cannot just continue as before if you want to keep your teeth white. Cutting out the foods and beverages that stain teeth is important if you don’t want to make a trip back in for more brightening right away. Staying away from things like smoking, drinking red wine, coffee, tea or soda will help to keep your teeth whiter longer.

If you’d like more information about teeth whitening, feel free to call Dr. Thomas Pierce and our team at Dr. Thomas Pierce DDS. You can make an appointment at: 870-739-3256, or come by our office in Marion, Arkansas.