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The Difference between Over-the-Counter Teeth Whitening Treatments and In-Office Dental Whitening

June 17, 2019

Teeth Whitening Treatments

OTC Whitening Kits and Dentist Teeth Whitening: What’s the Difference?

A stunning white smile that can brighten a room is something most of us desire. When it comes to correcting the staining and dulling effect of foods, drink, age and health on our teeth, there are two options available:

In-office dental whitening
Over-the-counter (OTC) whitening treatments
Apart from the fact that one procedure is performed by a trained dental professional and yourself, is there a difference? Do the effects of an over-the-counter product even compare to that of a dentist?

Difference #1: The Cost
What may be the most considerable difference between the two is the cost between a professional whitening procedure and an at-home OTC treatment. For example, One Click Smile is an affordable and accessible product for people of almost any budget, while a professional whitening job can easily lead one to sticker shock with an average $800 price tag per visit [link: https://au.pearlywhites.com/blogs/news/how-much-does-teeth-whitening-cost].

Difference #2: The Convenience
This one is obvious, but it’s important to point out. To effectively whiten your teeth at a dental practice, you may need to visit the dentist several times to achieve your desired results. With One Click Smile, you can apply our Australian-made tooth whitening gel at your own convenience.

Difference #3: The Effect
The products being used to professional dentists are stronger and, if you can align the appointments just right, take a shorter amount of time than an OTC whitening product.

Your dentist may have one or more whitening options available depending on your goals and your oral health. They will apply the treatment to your teeth, which may take anywhere from 45 to 90 minutes to complete.

Depending on the OTC product you use, the average person will whiten their teeth anywhere from two to eight shades lighter than prior to treatment. This isn’t an extreme difference, but it is a notable one that won’t take your teeth from dull to blinding (and leading to lots of questions from those who know you) in a single treatment. It’s gradual and more natural than a visit to a dentist which may make your teeth 10 to 20 shades lighter.

Same: Long-Lasting Results
Both tooth whitening options can deliver the same long-lasting results. As long as you take proper care of your teeth and try to avoid consuming products that stain and grey the teeth, one application is all you may ever need to maintain a brighter, whiter smile.

Herein lies the obvious difference again: affordability.

With a bit of patience and greater attention to your oral health, you can enjoy enviable tooth whitening results for a fraction of the cost than those incurred by people who may choose professional dental whitening treatments.

One Click Smile is an Australian company which has diligently followed the rules and regulations laid out by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA). Created by an accomplished and experienced dental hygienist, One Click Smile was designed with the busy and driven individual in mind.

To learn more about how One Click Smile can benefit your smile, we welcome you to contact us today at 0416810632.