Things You Need To Know About Teeth Whitening At Home vs. Visiting The Dentist

In a research carried out some years back, about 32 percent of people expressed concerned over their teeth and how it looks. Another statistic that might come as a shock to you is the fact that one out of five people conceal their teeth when taking pictures. The above research simply shows why teeth whitening is popular worldwide.

For those who want to have whiter teeth, you have two options, and they are;

  • Home Teeth Whitening: do It Yourself (DIY) in the comfort of your house.
  • Professional Whitening: visiting the dentist.

In this article, we’ll discuss the two techniques in detail, so you’ll know which option suits you best.  

Home (Do it yourself) Teeth Whitening

Whitening your teeth at home has several benefits – this is one of the reasons it’s the most popular option. It is relatively inexpensive, convenient and can be done at your own pace, term and time.

The disadvantage is that the effectiveness of home teeth whitening solutions cannot be compared to that of a professional dentist.

Let’s quickly take a look at some of the home teeth whitening options you can use: whitening toothpaste and rinses, teeth whitening trays, and teeth whitening strips.

Whitening Toothpaste & Rinses

This is the most popular option worldwide and the most convenient form of home teeth whitening. This works better than the regular toothpaste as it whitens your teeth after usage. It is also the cheapest option as you can buy one for as low as $10.

The downside is that your teeth can be lighter than normal, but the difference might not be noticeable. They’re best used to supplement other whitening techniques.

Teeth Whitening Trays

This is more effective than whitening toothpaste and rinses. If you apply it regularly, your teeth would be 5- 8 shades whiter than before. The effectiveness of the product also depends on the brand you’re using. It is the most effective home whitening solution but it’s also the most expensive. It cost about $50 depending on the brand you choose.   

Teeth Whitening Strips

These are strips that are covered with a whitening solution. You’ll apply it on your teeth twice daily for about 30 minutes to 2 hours. Teeth-whitening strips are not as expensive as whitening trays but they only whiten your teeth by two or four shades – depending on the brand your purchase.


Professional Teeth Whitening

You’ll need to visit the dentist for this method, and it is more expensive than the home whitening method. Although it’s less convenient, the results you get here cannot be obtained from any home teeth whitening method.

There are two options you can choose from: the halogen light and dental bleaching.

Dental Bleaching

This is the most common method thanks to the result it gives. Your teeth can be 8 shades lighter after the procedure. The result you get depends on the number of times you repeat the procedure.  A major con of dental bleaching is the time and cost. A procedure can set you back $1000.

The Halogen Light

This process is similar to dental bleaching, but a halogen light is used to accelerate the whitening agent to get faster and better results. Rather than visiting multiple times, you’ll get your teeth whitened once. Because it is the fastest and the best option, it’s also the most expensive. A visit could cost you $3000 for an hour.

Now that you know the options available to you, the results, and benefits, you can choose the one that suits you best.

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