Many of our patients ask if they can use store bought bleaching products. The simple answer is yes, however, there are important things you should know before purchasing over these counter products. The concentration of these bleaching products is actually lower than what we use in the office, which can make it less effective than one visit to the dentist. Additionally, you need to check for the ADA Seal of Acceptance to ensure the product has been tested and deemed safe for use. Many products that provide trays are not custom fit, so you may experience some gum irritation and tooth sensitivity after using them. It is very important not to overuse these products because overuse can result in further damage to your teeth and make the color of your teeth worse. If you choose to use these products, we are here to help you decide on the one that will be most effective for your teeth depending on their current condition. If you feel like these products are not doing the job, or perhaps making things worse, stop using them and come in to see us right away.