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Teeth Whitening: DIY vs. Professional Services

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When you look in the mirror do you notice that your teeth aren’t quite as white as you would like them to be? Have you been thinking about teeth whitening and wondering if you can get the same results if you just do it from home with a kit you pick up at your local big box store? If you’ve ever wondered about DIY teeth whitening and how it stacks up against the professional teeth whitening you can get from your dentist, this is for you!

Is it Safe for My Teeth?

The professional teeth whitening you get at your dentist office is definitely safer than your at home products. Your dentist will have the proper supplies and best products for you to use that are high quality and safe.

When going at it at home, many people are tempted to leave their teeth whitening strips on their teeth just a little longer than recommended to get better or faster results. This can really irritate your gums and lead to pain that may have to be treated.

Teeth whitening products at home can wear down your tooth enamel too. Whitening makes your teeth extra sensitive, and your dentist is able to help counter act the sensitivity when he is whitening your teeth in the office. Remember, you should not whiten your teeth when pregnant or nursing.

What’s Most Effective?

You want your smile to be white and bright and significantly changed when you whiten your teeth, whether at home or in the dental office. So what option is the most effective to get you the results you want?

Professional teeth whitening will get you the best results hands down. You can achieve a whiter shade in less time than the at home kits out there. Some DIY kits only change your teeth a shade or two at best. Plus, the color is often not very even across your smile. Keep in mind, at home dental kits will most likely not whiten any of the dental work you have had done including crowns or large fillings, causing a very uneven finished look. Professional dentistry products can help provide an exact or much closer match.


DIY teeth whitening kits might seem like the cheaper option at first, but it adds up quick. If you really desire a much whiter smile, you’ll probably have to use a few kits to get the look you want. Remember, “you get what you pay for”. Professional whitening gives you professional, safe and consistent results.

 Professional Teeth Whitening for the Win

Although the DIY teeth whitening kits may seem like the quicker, cheaper option, in the long run, it doesn’t really work out that way. Professional teeth whitening can get you the results you desire with safe, quality products, overseen by a dental care professional focused on you and your dental health.

At myDental, we are committed to providing safe, quality dental care at all times. If you are interested in learning more about our teeth whitening services, schedule an appointment at one of our convenient locations.