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In-Office Teeth Whitening Vs. Take-Home Whitening Kits



Having whiter teeth is a goal for many people, whether they’re trying to address cosmetic issues resulting from dental problems or just age or diet-related yellowing. Whiter teeth can help you make a better first impression in your work and social life and help you feel confident.

While there are DIY take-home teeth whitening kits on every drugstore’s shelves, often with very convincing ad campaigns and promises, there are also risks and negative results that can happen when you whiten your teeth at home. Alternatively, patients may opt for professional in-office whitening for better results.

At Georgian Square Dental, we’ve been doing take-home whitening kits and in-chair whitening treatments for our clients for many years, and we know all the pros and the cons. So as professionals in the field, we want to help you understand the advantages and disadvantages of both options before you choose to go with either one.

A. In-Office teeth whitening

In-office teeth whitening treatments performed under the care of professionals ensure it’s done properly and safely. We can answer our patients’ questions to make them feel better and more comfortable. We can monitor the treatment and make adjustments if necessary. However, professional in-office dental whitening is often more expensive than take-home treatments, especially when compared to low-end at-home whitening products.

B. Take-home teeth whitening kits

Take-home teeth whitening kits can be done conveniently in your own home. They are easy to self-administer. Additionally, they are also incredibly cost-effective. However, certain take-home whitening products can harm your gums and teeth in the long run, especially the lower-quality ones. Since you may not know how to go about the process, the take-home whitening kits may be administered wrongly. You also do not have the benefit of being professionally supervised during the process to account for anything that could potentially go wrong. Patchy or spotted teeth are also a common result of over-the-counter whitening because the bleaching trays aren’t customized to fit just your teeth. However, at Georgian Square Dental, we offer customized whitening trays for you to take home to allow a more effective treatment than over-the-counter products.


Based on what we have written here, you now know the pros and cons, and hopefully, when you see your dentist in the future, you get to discuss this with them and find out the best solution for you. In our professional opinion, patients who want teeth whitening done properly and safely should choose in-office. Take-home kits should be chosen by those who want a more cost-effective option without supervision. Even if you had your whitening performed in-office, we recommend having a take-home tray kit created so that you can top it off after each of your routine cleans.

If you are looking for a dental clinic in White Rock, reach out to us at Georgian Square Dental. Our goal is to provide informative and quality dental care across White Rock and Surrey, BC. We strive to explain the reasoning for our treatments so you can make educated decisions before any services are provided. We aim to ensure a comfortable and worry-free visit by offering you friendly service, explaining each step of the treatment, and using our new, high-tech equipment. We even provide general family dentistry services and are passionate about helping you maintain excellent oral health.

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