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Professional vs. Commercial Whitening Kits

woman with shades of teeth colour

If you want a brighter smile, teeth whitening is convenient and affordable. But the type of whitening method you choose can affect your outcome and experience. When it comes to over-the-counter whitening products, how do they compare to what’s offered in our Somerville dentist office? Is there any difference?


As with any type of product, an over-the-counter material is going to be weaker than the professional version. That’s because concentrated whitening gels aren’t safe to use if you have active tooth decay or gum disease. Seeing our Somerville dentist for whitening will give you better, faster results than anything you can buy in a store.



Commercial products have a longer shelf life because of the preservatives inside them. For some people, these ingredients can cause irritation or burning gums.

Professional products aren’t stored for months on end, so there are fewer chemicals involved. This makes them gentler and safer for our patients.


 Application Method

 Our custom whitening systems involve a professionally applied or fitted application method that contacts all of your tooth surfaces evening. With an over-the-counter kit, the strips or “one size” trays can leave parts of your smile untouched in the process. As a result, you may have uneven or blotchy whitening, causing some areas to appear discoloured.



With a professional whitening system, it usually includes a set of trays that you get to keep forever. That means when you need to touch-up after scale and cleans, you can pick up a tube of gel from our office when you run out. But commercial systems mean purchasing a new kit every six months. After a few applications, the professional option winds up being much cheaper.

Get a Whiter Smile

Contact Somersmiles Dental in Somerville to learn more about our professional teeth whitening treatments. Same day appointments are available!