Professional Teeth Whitening -vs- Over-the-Counter Whiteners

Professional Teeth Whitening

If there is one cosmetic dentistry procedure that has grown very popular over the past few years, it’s teeth whitening. And it’s not a surprise at all since most people love to have brighter and whiter teeth! In the past, celebrities were the main group thought to afford such treatment. Today, however, this treatment has become very mainstream and available the general public, especially with the development of the over-the-counter teeth whitener kit. The question now is whether home teeth whitening is as good as professional treatment. Let’s compare the two:


When comparing over-the-counter teeth whiteners and professional teeth whitening, convenience is the first factor to be considered. Obviously, the over-the-counter whiteners are the most convenient option because they don’t require you to contact a professional cosmetic dentist and set an appointment. With a kit, you can perform the whitening procedure on your own, whenever and wherever you’d like.  But will you really get the results you want? A single dental visit is often enough for you to get your teeth several shades whiter in just one shot! Isn’t that what you’re after anyway?


Aside from convenience, another factor to consider when comparing the two options is the overall cost. The cost is obviously one of the major differences between the two. If you choose over-the-counter teeth whiteners, all you need to do is purchase the kit, which is very affordable, and that’s it. On the contrary, if you choose professional treatment, it’s obviously going to cost more. Again it comes down to exactly what results you are after, and how quickly you need them! Professional teeth whitening involves state-of-the-art equipment like lasers and special gels, which clearly do not come in cheap. But they guarantee results in as little as 1-2 hours! Also, many cosmetic dentists will run special prices on teeth whitening, so be sure and ask about them when you call to make your appointment.


Among the three, this is the most important factor you should consider. While over-the-counter teeth whiteners may appear more attractive when it comes to convenience and cost, it is professional or laser teeth whitening that has the advantage when you are talking about quality. “So what is the difference?” you may ask. The difference lies in the fact that a cosmetic dentist can do a better job than you. Moreover, cosmetic dentists use special technology that you can’t fabricate over the counter. Unlike over-the-counter teeth whiteners, this technology can deliver results that are both significant and for long-term. Also, although going to a professional may be more costly and a little bit less convenient, you can rest assured that the person who will perform the procedure on you is highly-trained and can no doubt help you get the results you are after! A dental professional has lasers and prescription grade products at their disposal to address particularly stained areas of your teeth and transform them into a brilliant white!   Over the counter products simply cannot compete with this!


If for whatever reason, you need your teeth to be white immediately, a dental visit for a professional teeth whitening is truly your only option. Or, if you simply don’t think you’ll have the time to mess with creams or over-the-counter teeth whiteners, then again, you ought to look into professional whitening at your dentist.



Both methods of teeth whitening are effective, whether it’s using over-the-counter whiteners or choosing to have your teeth whitened professionally at your dentist. If you are after the highest quality of treatment, however, there is no denying that going to a professional cosmetic dentist like Dr. Halina Montano, will produce the quickest and easiest results! Having white teeth is something that can bring you confidence and enhance how other people react to you. Choose the method that best fits your needs and start reaping the rewards of a whiter, brighter smile!

At HSM Dental Group, we look forward to helping you achieve your dream of a beautiful smile! Call us today at 561-232-2070 and let’s get started!