At-Home Whitening or Professional Teeth Whitening? Which is Better?


With the diverse range of teeth whitening options available, it can be hard for people to determine the best option. While many at-home teeth whitening kits can make some cosmetic difference, there really is no substitute for having your teeth whitened at an actual dentist’s office. From longer lasting results to a wider application area, today we’re going to look at a few reasons why professional teeth whitening is a better, more lasting solution to the problem of stained or yellowed teeth.

1. Convenience and thoroughness

Using an at-home kit, it can be cumbersome to properly apply the product’s gel or strips. Without equally distributing the whitening agent, it’s impossible to be absolutely precise in the application. As a result, at-home whitening kits can produce spotty or inconsistent results.

2. Proven results

There are many over-the-counter “whitening” toothpastes sold in pharmacies and grocery stores across the country but most dentists agree: the results that they yield are less than impressive. While a whitening toothpaste is great for maintaining a healthy, vibrant smile, they are typically not effective by themselves.

3. Safe, effective and supervised

In a controlled environment, it is much easier to achieve precise placement, even application and safe results. At-home kits often feature weakened chemistry or insufficient strength to account for user error. At a dentist’s office, you can count on professional supervision and stronger, more effective whitening agents.

4. Individualized application

At-home whitening kits have to accommodate every possible mouth shape and size. While this boosts product sales, it doesn’t bode well for users with irregular, crooked or rotated teeth. To ensure proper application, only dentists can create personalized, custom teeth whitening solutions.

At Halonen Family Dentistry, we’ve been a practicing dentist in Battle Creek since 1979. With experience using the Kor Whitening System, we’re able to work with patients from 14 to 90 years of age to create beautiful, natural, white smiles that last a lifetime. If you – or somebody that you know – are interested in having your teeth whitened, contact us today to discuss your options.