Dr. Jen Kim, DDS
Kirkland, WA Family and Cosmetic Dentist

Are the whitening products in the drugstores any good?

Image of an individual pointing to their smileWe understand that people are always looking for ways to save money and still look good, and you've probably eyed the whitening strips, gels, and other products on store shelves and wondered how effective they are. 

The quick answer to this is – compared to professional teeth whitening, store-bought products are not very effective. 

So why is this? 

Essentially, it comes down to the fact that professional whitening treatments are customized to your needs and use a more powerful whitening ingredient (which is safe to do because you're under the care of your Kirkland dentist, Dr. Jen Kim). With professional in-office whitening, you can have a much brighter and whiter smile in just one session. With over-the-counter products, you are looking at six weeks (or longer) to achieve a lesser result. 

We apply the whitening gel to your teeth precisely, which ensures even whitening and no spillage (great news for sensitive gums and lips), and we can choose a strength that is right for the results you want. Despite what is often portrayed in TV comedies, you can't "over whiten" your teeth; your results will always look natural and attractive. 

We can start off your whitening treatment with a cleaning, too, to make sure that no plaque or tartar gets in the way of your results. 

If you'd like to find out more about teeth whitening, please call our Kirkland dental office today!