Professional vs. At-home Teeth Whitening

Do you often wish your teeth were whiter and brighter? If so, consider getting your teeth professionally whitened, or buying the gear to do it yourself at home. Each option has advantages and disadvantages, so choose the one that suits your needs, desires, and budget. 


What is Professional Teeth Whitening?


Professional teeth whitening is a way to brighten your smile with the help of a dentist or a dental hygienist. It involves applying a high concentration of carbamide peroxide or hydrogen peroxide gel to your teeth and activating it with a special light or heat. 

The gel penetrates the enamel and breaks down the stains that cause discoloration. The treatment usually takes about an hour and can whiten your teeth by several shades.


What is At-home Teeth Whitening?


You can use different forms of over-the-counter products or products sold by your dentist to whiten your teeth at home. These include strips, trays, pens, toothpaste, and rinses. They have less peroxide than professional products. They work by gradually bleaching your teeth over time. You typically use them for several days or weeks to see noticeable results.


Benefits of Professional Teeth Whitening


Compared to at-home teeth whitening, professional teeth whitening offers several benefits, such as:

  • Fast and amazing results: You can achieve a much brighter smile in only one session, whereas at-home products take longer and may be ineffective

  • Customized treatment: Your dentist can adjust the strength and duration of the whitening gel according to your needs and sensitivity level. You can also get custom-made trays that fit your teeth perfectly and prevent the gel from leaking onto your gums

  • Safer and more comfortable: Your dentist can monitor the whitening process and protect your gums and soft tissues from irritation. You can also receive professional tips on how to look after your teeth after the treatment and dodge potential side effects


Drawbacks of Professional Teeth Whitening


Professional teeth whitening also involves drawbacks that you can avoid with at-home teeth whitening. For instance, professional teeth whitening typically costs more than at-home products. Also, you must make an appointment with your dentist and visit their office for the procedure. Furthermore, you may also need multiple sessions to achieve your desired shade.


How to Choose Between Professional and At-home Teeth Whitening


The choice between the two depends on your personal preferences, goals, budget, and oral health. These questions can guide you in making a decision:

  • What shade of white do you desire for your teeth? If you want a dramatic change quickly, professional teeth whitening may be better for you. At-home products may suffice if you only want a subtle improvement or gradual change

  • How much can you afford to spend? At-home products suit you better if you are on a low budget or do not want to spend much on your smile. Professional teeth whitening may be a good option if you are ready to pay more for quality and convenience

  • What is your level of sensitivity in your teeth and gums? If your teeth or gums are sensitive, professional teeth whitening may be more comfortable and safer. Your dentist can use desensitizing agents and adjust the treatment accordingly




Professional and at-home teeth whitening are effective ways to improve the appearance of your smile. The best option for you depends on various factors such as cost, convenience, results, safety, comfort, and commitment.


For more on teeth whitening, visit Wanlass Dental at our Las Vegas, Nevada office. Call 702-367-4412 to schedule an appointment today.

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