Teeth Whitening: At Home vs. Dentist Office


Would you like to improve the color of your teeth? If so, you aren’t alone. Over the years, our teeth become darker as a result of the natural aging process. They are also affected by staining, thanks to the food and drinks that we consume and the habits that we develop, such as smoking. All of these contribute to our teeth becoming discolored – something which can leave us feeling self-conscious or even embarrassed about their appearance.


White, bright smiles are extremely desirable. In fact, many of us automatically associate them with people who are attractive, healthy and successful. And unsurprisingly, we would all like others to think the same about us. Fortunately, it is now possible to improve the color of your teeth and there are a number of ways that you can do this. Some products are available over the counter and can be performed at home, whilst many people opt for professional teeth whitening that is carried out in their dentist’s office. But which is best? Here’s what you need to know about teeth whitening at home V.S in our cosmetic dentist’s office in Palm Beach Gardens.


At Home Whitening

There are many different products available both in drug stores and online that claim to be able to whiten your teeth at home. Unsurprisingly, these products tend to be cheaper than going into your dentist’s office for whitening since they contain a lower strength of whitening gel and are carried out by yourself rather than a trained professional.


The application of home whitening products is something that is tricky at best. It is difficult to see and access all of your teeth, and even harder to ensure even coverage of the whitening product – something which can lead to patchy and inconsistent results. It is also difficult to avoid getting whitening agent onto your gums and cheeks, and the bleach in it can cause irritation, soreness, and sensitivity.


Another thing to bear in mind about at-home whitening is that the strength of the products is much lower. This is because higher grades of whitening bleach are not approved for home use since they have the potential to cause problems if not handled and applied correctly. Lower strength whitening products take much longer to be effective, and the results often last for a far shorter time too. In fact, some require consistent, ongoing use to retain any of the benefits of the treatment.


Professional Whitening

As its name suggests, professional whitening is carried out in your dentist’s office by a trained and experienced professionals. Professional teeth whitening is the most commonly requested cosmetic dental treatment in the world due to its ability to completely transform your smile. We are delighted to offer professional teeth whitening here in Palm Beach Gardens.


The professional application of the whitening agent is one thing that sets it apart from home whitening. Your dentist will have special equipment that will keep the whitening agent away from the soft tissues inside your mouth, preventing irritation and soreness. They also have better viewing and access to your teeth, ensuring that the application of the bleach is consistent. This is one reason why the results of professional whitening are considered superior to at-home options.


The whitening agent used in professional applications is also much stronger than that which is used in at-home products. This means that it takes fewer sessions to achieve the desired result, and the effects are much longer-lasting.



Professional teeth whitening is considered the safest and most effective way to whiten teeth and we are widely considered to be the best cosmetic dentist in Palm Beach County. If you are looking for teeth whitening in Palm Beach Gardens, please don’t hesitate to contact our offices.