Because having whiter, straighter teeth have become almost the number one aesthetic concern of most patients, there are many OTC products out there. In addition to whitening toothpastes and mouth rinses, there are specific whitening products made by multiple companies.
OTC whitening strips, paint on brushes, or other types of a lighted mouthpiece used with a gel are easy to obtain and use. Please note that some OTC products may not have FDA approval or even disclose the percentage or contents of their product.
Reputable OTC whitening products are safe to use and will disclose the exact content and percentage of their product. For instance, a popular whitening strip contains 6.5% hydrogen peroxide gel.
If you have any questions or concerns, please consult with us regarding the safety and efficacy of OTC products. Also, please note that since whitening only works on natural tooth enamel, any old fillings or crowns will not change color. Furthermore, teeth whitening is not permanent and a touch-up may be required.