Professional Teeth Whitening vs. At-Home Kits: Which is Better?

Teeth Whitening shadesWhen asked what they would like to improve about their smile, most patients answer the whiteness of their teeth. Teeth whitening of many kinds has become increasingly popular in recent years. Though our teeth are primarily white, tooth enamel can be many shades and can become discolored or stained over time. The change in the color of your teeth happens due to several reasons such as food and drink, tobacco use, age, trauma, and medications.

Professional Teeth Whitening vs. At-Home Teeth Whitening

The process for professional teeth whitening is relatively simple. Teeth whitening products contain one of two tooth bleaches: hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide. These ingredients work to break stains into smaller pieces and reduce the concentration of color, thus making your teeth brighter.

If you’re considering teeth whitening, be sure you know the facts about the process and what to expect. Unfortunately, whitening does not work on all teeth. You should check with your dental provider to ensure you’re a candidate for teeth whitening and learn the best whitening method for your unique situation.

Benefits of In-Office Teeth Whitening

There are several main differences between at-home and in-office teeth whitening, but the best course of action depends on the result you’re looking to achieve and your overall oral health.


In-office whitening, the gum tissues are covered either with a thin sheet of rubber or a protective gel to help protect the mouth from the peroxide. Unlike the one-size-fits-all trays you can purchase at a store, the peroxide can seep through the tray and irritate the gum tissue, causing damage to your gum tissue. Professional treatments are safer and more reliable because your dentist ensures that your gums are protected from exposure to the teeth whitening agent.

More Efficient and Effective

In-office teeth whitening treatments are more potent than at-home kits, so you get better results in less time. At the dentist’s office, you may spend 2 hours but leave with teeth eight shades whiter, whereas at home, you will have to spend 1-2 hours a day over a series of days or weeks for your teeth to become 3-6 shades whiter.

Longer Lasting

Since the in-office whitening can penetrate below the tooth’s surface due to the concentration of the solution and special LED light is used to accelerate the process, your teeth will stay whiter longer than at-home kits.

In-office teeth whitening treatments are the easiest way to brighten and enhance your smile in a short amount of time. If you’re interested in having your teeth whitened in our clinic or want to start whitening your teeth at home, schedule an appointment with one of our providers to see which method is best for you!