Professional Whitening vs. Store-Bought Kits

A blonde mom and daughter smile after professional teeth whitening

If you want whiter teeth, you can choose between professional teeth whitening with a dentist or store-bought whitening kits. Here are the main ways these two methods are different:


Professional whitening is monitored by a dentist so your risk of complications, like tooth sensitivity or gum irritation, is significantly lower. While store-bought kits are mostly safe when used as instructed, it’s easier to use them incorrectly.


Professional whitening offers superior results than store-bought kits. The gel is much stronger so you can achieve whiter teeth in a shorter amount of time. The professional-grade gel also tackles deeper stains. However, neither teeth whitening method is permanent. If you want to transform your smile forever, consider a treatment like porcelain veneers.


Professional whitening is more expensive than a store-bought kit. If you only have minor staining, it may make sense to test what you can get from a store-bought kit before investing in a professional treatment.


Store-bought kits are one-size-fits-all. In contrast, when a dentist whitens your teeth, we personalize the treatment for your needs.


If you get a professional whitening treatment in a dentist’s office, it will only take 45-60 minutes. Some patients like store-bought kits because they can whiten their teeth at home in their pajamas while watching TV or as they complete other tasks. Many offices also offer custom whitening trays that allow you to whiten your teeth at home but with better results!

Teeth whitening at Southern Dental Fort Smith

Professional whitening is safer, more effective, personalized, and just as convenient as store-bought kits. Although it does cost more, you get better and longer-lasting results. If you have questions about our teeth whitening services or want to schedule an appointment with Dr. Phillips, please contact us today! We look forward to helping you enjoy a more beautiful smile.

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