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In Office vs Over-The-Counter Teeth Whitening

Teeth whitening procedures in Calgary are on the rise as more and more patients seek a brighter smile. White teeth can give you a more youthful appearance, a healthier look, and can help you make stronger first impressions.

With the incredible advancements in cosmetic dentistry, there are a number of teeth bleaching options available. Offerings ranging from over-the-counter products to custom teeth whitening trays in the dentist’s office are designed to help you look and feel your very best.

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Teeth Bleaching Options: Over-the-Counter vs Your Dentist

Many patients wonder whether you can tell the difference between whitening your teeth with over-the-counter products versus having them whitened at your dentist’s office. And the answer is: YES.

If you want a brighter, healthier smile, here are just some reasons why whitening your teeth at your dentist’s office is your best bet.

What to expect In-Office Teeth Whitening OTC Teeth Whitening

When you visit your dentist for teeth bleaching, they will first review your mouth and remove any surface stains before beginning your treatment.

In addition, the teeth whitening will be customized to your specific needs, providing more uniform and pleasing results.

Your teeth have many different angulations, shades of color, and fillings/crowns that don’t respond to over-the-counter teeth bleaching products.

Whitening strips and paint-on kits have lower concentrations of active ingredients and are not applied uniformly, giving inconsistent results.


The teeth bleaching agents provided by your dentist have the strength to provide dramatic, long-lasting results in just one treatment.

While over-the-counter gels work for patients with mild tooth discoloration, if you have moderate-significant tooth staining, a visit to the dentist will give you the best results.

Custom Fit

When you get your teeth whitening treatment performed at the dentist, you can be sure that it will be tailored to your exact needs.

Your dentist will create custom fit trays for your mouth, allowing for an exact fit and more accurate results.

Some over the counter teeth bleaching kits have mouthpieces that never fit right.

As a result, there will be parts of your teeth not whitened, leaving you with uneven coverage.

Another common issue with poorly fitted, over-the-counter trays is that the whitening agent can get onto your gums, causing discomfort and chemical burns.


While it may cost more up-front to have your teeth whitened at the dentist, the results are longer-lasting which means you require fewer touch-ups over the years.

While a home whitening kit is cheaper when bought in the store, remember that you will require a brand new one every time you want to touch up your smile.

Maintaining the teeth whitening results from over-the-counter products is much more expensive in the long run compared to in-office teeth bleaching.

Britesmile Teeth Whitening in Calgary

At our Calgary dental clinic, we use the advanced Britesmile Teeth Whitening System to significantly brighten your smile in just one treatment.

How it works:

Britesmile Teeth Whitening consists of a gentle whitening gel activated by a special blue light to effectively whiten and brighten your teeth.

Unlike traditional teeth bleaching methods, there are no gels or trays to take home, resulting in a hassle-free treatment.

How long does it take?

One in-office teeth whitening treatment will take approximately 60 minutes.

How many treatments do I need?

The number of teeth whitening treatments you need will depend greatly on how discolored your teeth are. While you will see dramatic improvement in a single visit, additional treatments may be required to achieve your desired shade. Contact our clinic to find out more >

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To learn more about how our dentists can give you the best teeth whitening results, contact our Calgary clinic today at 403-248-2066.

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