Rochester Dentist: Over-the-Counter vs. Professional Teeth Whitening


Last year alone, Americans spent over 1.4 billion dollars on over-the-counter teeth whiteners. Due to hectic schedules, many people turn to store bought whiteners to erase stains from the comfort of home. Unfortunately, there are serious drawbacks to using over-the-counter teeth whiteners. But did you know that your Rochester dentist, Dr. Gilly Calcagno, offers professional-grade at-home whitening? In today’s blog, Dr. Calcagno explains the advantages of professional whiteners over store bought systems.

Over-the-Counter Teeth Whiteners

Store bought whiteners may cost less, but the results are rarely as dramatic and don’t last as long. In addition, many people report tooth sensitivity and gum irritation following their use. To try and obtain stronger results, some people use over-the-counter whiteners longer than recommended, which can make teeth appear translucent in some circumstances. Professional teeth whiteners remove stains with less discomfort and provide more impressive results.

Professional At-Home Teeth Whitening

For patients who want whiter teeth, Dr. Calcagno offers free cosmetic consultations. After a thorough oral examination, Dr. Calcagno can recommend the best procedure for brightening your smile. Dr. Calcagno may prescribe Kor Whitening for patients looking to erase stains from home. Unlike other whitening systems, Kor Whitening even addresses permanent intrinsic stains such as discoloration from tetracycline use. First, Dr. Calcagno makes an impression of your teeth. The impression is then used to create a custom-made bleaching tray. Special whitening gel is prescribed to be placed in the tray. Dr. Calcgno will complete one treatment in the office, then the patient will wear the trays at night for a time specified by Dr. Calcagno. Finally, one last treatment is completed at the office. Patients who use the Kor Whitening system report less sensitivity and gum irritation. Teeth may be whitened by as much as 16 shades!

Schedule a Visit with Your Rochester Cosmetic Dentist

Are you interested in our innovative at-home teeth whitening systems? Make an appointment with your Rochester cosmetic dentist by calling 507-281-3659. Our 55902 dentist office offers the latest in general, restorative, and cosmetic dentistry. We serve patients from Rochester, Red Wing, St. Charles, Winona, Farmington, and surrounding areas.