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by Dr. Michael Popp on Feb 28, 2019

Are you considering whitening your teeth for a brighter, more beautiful smile? Here are 4 things to avoid when using over-the-counter teeth bleaching products.


Is a dull, yellowing, or lackluster smile making you feel self-conscious and unhappy? Over the years, staining and discoloration of teeth can happen, and it can be caused by a number of things, include:

  • Genetics
  • Lifestyle habits (eg. tobacco use)
  • Over-consumption of certain foods and drinks, such as red wine, coffee, and acidic fruits.
  • Age

Something to smile about: Professional teeth bleaching is one of the most effective, safe, and affordable ways of getting rid of any tooth stains and discoloration, and achieving a whiter and more beautiful smile.

Achieve a Brighter Smile in Just One Treatment

At Marlborough Dental Centre, we use the advanced BriteSmile Teeth Whitening System to help our patients achieve a whiter smile. The procedure can be customized to your specific needs and will give you brighter and more beautiful teeth in just one treatment!

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4 Things to Avoid When Using OTC Teeth Bleaching Products

If you have discolored or stained teeth, you may be looking for a way to brighten your smile. While undergoing a professional teeth whitening procedure with your dentist is always the best option, people sometimes opt for over-the-counter teeth bleaching products.

If you are using over-the-counter teeth bleaching products, here are a few things you should be aware of to ensure the safest and most satisfactory results:

  1. Don’t Use Expired Products

You may get a great deal on teeth bleaching products at a store, but remember to always check the expiry date. These kinds of items are typically marked down when they’re close to expiring.

Why You Shouldn’t Use Expired Teeth Bleaching Products

When OTC teeth whitening products are close to expiring, the hydrogen peroxide in them begins to breakdown, leaving only water and oxygen, and so won’t give you the teeth brightening results you want.

  1. Don’t Store the Products in Hot Areas

When you purchase teeth bleaching products such as whitening strips, make sure not to store them in hot areas (eg. near vents). Exposure to heat makes the hydrogen peroxide inactive, rendering the product useless.

Tip: If you refrigerate your teeth bleaching products, it can help them last longer. This is especially true if you don’t plan on using them right away.

  1. Don’t Use Teeth Whitening Products During Pregnancy

It is often recommended to avoid using any teeth whitening products while you are pregnant or nursing, as this may cause harm to your baby. Always talk to your dentist before using such products and they can recommend the safest course of action.

  1. Don’t Overuse Whitening Products

Since over-the-counter teeth bleaching products don’t always give you the results you want, it may be tempting to use them more than once. However, doing so can have undesirable consequences, such as making your teeth more sensitive to heat and cold.

Remember: ONLY use the teeth whitening products for as long as recommended on the package to ensure the health of your teeth, gums, and mouth.

Why You Should Opt For Professional Teeth Whitening

While it’s true that professional teeth whitening may come with a slightly higher price tag, there are many reasons why you may want to consider an in-office procedure rather than OTC products, including:

  • It’s safer. If used incorrectly, OTC products can be dangerous and cause damage to your teeth, lips, gums, and cheeks. Your dentist can take the necessary precautions to ensure that your procedure is never detrimental to your oral or overall health.

  • It leads to more dramatic results. OTC teeth bleaching products contain a much lower level of peroxide compared to the whitening products available to your dentist. This means that just one treatment by your dentist can provide dramatic and longer-lasting results than OTC products.

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To find out more about our professional teeth whitening services, and how our dentists can help you safely achieve the most dramatic and beautiful whitening results, contact our Calgary dental clinic at 403-248-2066 or fill in our online contact form.


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