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If you’re looking to get the best results in teeth whitening, overlook those store-bought brands on the pharmacy shelf and have your dental professional administer the industrial-strength whitener to your teeth at an in-office dental visit.

You’ve seen all of the various whitening strips, kinds of toothpaste, and trays every time you stop by the pharmacy for your prescriptions. There are a plethora of them, all with a mild amount of hydrogen peroxide to bleach yellowing teeth back to somewhat white. The problem is that with the low dose they contain it will take a lot of time and many applications before you will be able to see any results.

Your dentist has access to the good stuff. Whereas the store-bought kits have somewhere around 3.5 percent hydrogen peroxide. The mega-strength kind your dentist uses contains up to 40 percent hydrogen peroxide in the whitening gel. You can imagine how many more applications you will need with the store-bought kind to equal what just one session with your dentist will do.

The process of an in-office treatment goes something like this: Your lips and gums will be shielded with a protective substance so that they are not affected by the bleaching agent. The whitener will be applied to the teeth and activated by a UV light directed on the mouth. The powerful bleaching agent will yield results immediately. The whole process should be completed in under an hour.

If you’d like more information about teeth whitening, feel free to call Drs. Poovey and Garfinkle and our team at JP Dental and Implant Center. You can make an appointment at: 970-243-2025, or come by our office in Grand Junction, Colorado.