Should I Use OTC Teeth Whitening?

Whenever you visit the store you probably come across over-the-counter teeth whitening products. Whether in the form of strips or a rinse, they claim to brighten your smile with the same results as professional alternatives. Many patients ask us: “Should I use over-the-counter teeth whitening?” We actually believe our professional option offers more dramatic results.

Frequently Asked Questions About OTC Teeth Whitening

Question: What are the downsides of store bought systems?

Answer: Many people purchase OTC systems, such as strips, toothpastes, or mouthwashes, because they are convenient and cost-effective. However, the results are not as dramatic as professional options and they rarely last very long. In addition, many people who use strips have complained about their teeth becoming sensitive or developing gum irritation.

Question: How do I erase discoloration from home?

Answer: We can actually take impressions of your teeth to create a set of whitening trays. We then prescribe a bleaching gel that you place into the trays when you wear them. We will decide how often you will need to wear them during the day and optimal results only take between a week and ten days. Many experience a smile brightened by multiple shades using the at-home system.

Question: What can I do to maintain my new smile?

Answer: To make your results last longer simply practice good oral hygiene. As you should do anyway, always brush your teeth twice daily and floss once daily. You should also contact our office for a routine six month cleaning. Doing so removes minor stains, plaque buildup, and reduces the risks of oral health issues, including gum disease and tooth decay.

Question: How do I get started?

Answer: Simply call our office and schedule a free initial cosmetic consultation.


Calcagno Cosmetic and Family Dentistry offer expert services including dental implants, Six Month Smiles, pediatric dentistry, root canals, and teeth whitening in Rochester MN. To schedule a consultation, please call (507) 218-8936. Dr. Gilly Calcagno and Dr. Kara Heimer welcome and serve patients from Rochester, Red Wing, St. Charles, Winona, Farmington, Austin, and the surrounding communities.