Q: Is there some type of “prescription strength” version of those whitening strips that they sell in the supermarket? I tried several brands and was not that happy with the results. SNL via email, Pensacola, FL.
A: My favorite way of testing dental products is using myself as a test subject. (Whew! Glad I’m not a proctologist.) I feel I am probably saving a few lab rats lives too. I have veneers on my top teeth and am constantly trying new whitening procedures on my lowers to get them as white as I can. I recommend you do an in-office power whitening process, such as Sapphire Light bleaching. Then, for maintenance every month I recommend a new product called Opalescence Tres White Supreme 15%. These clear strips are worn for 15 min. once per for 5 to 10 days. But, and it’s a big “but”, after age 40 all these methods become much less effective. I have already contacted my dental lab to start the process of veneering my lower teeth.
Editor’s Note: Dr. Mitchell Josephs will be giving a free lecture on Implant, Cosmetic and General Dentistry and signing his latest book on the Island of Palm Beach on Friday December 3rd, 11am to 12. Call 561-832-2917 for registration and info. Seating is limited.