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Take-Home vs Professional Teeth Whitening, Which is Better?

August 30, 2021
Posted By: Morgan Nordstrom, DDS and William C. Vizzolini, DDS Staff

White teeth are appealing because they signal health, and they help their owner smile and act with confidence.

It is no coincidence then that many people are interested in whitening their teeth.

According to Hexa Research, the consumer market for teeth whitening products and services is expected to exceed 7 billion dollars in value by 2024. In modern society, we value a nice smile as much as we value being clean and well-dressed.

Many types of teeth whitening are safe and effective, and this blog will discuss the pros and cons of take-home kits vs. in-office professional whitening options.

It is worth mentioning that teeth whitening is no substitute for good dental hygiene, and developing the right habits should be the first step to improving the health and look of your teeth.

There is, however, only so much good hygiene can do to create a bright smile. 

Take-Home Teeth Whitening Kits

Take-home whitening kits rely on direct impressions of your teeth and gums. Your dentist uses the results to produce take-home whitening trays that fit over your teeth. You take these trays home, along with our prescription-strength whitening gel to lighten your teeth at your convenience. As long as you follow the instructions, you can whiten while working at the computer, watching a favorite film, or reading a good book.

Discuss take-home whitening kits with your dentist, and see if this is the best option for you.  

Your dentist offers professional take-home teeth whitening kits in Vallejo, CA to help you whiten your smile at your convenience. 


  • Quality take-home whitening kits offer the convenience of whitening on your own time.
  • They are relatively inexpensive. 
  • Take-home whitening kits can be very effective.


  • Typically takes longer than in-office teeth whitening.
  • You must remember to follow instructions.

Why You Should Avoid Store-Bought Whitening Kits

Store-bought options are commonly sold in a strip or retainer. However, the retainer often fits poorly and slides around, needing frequent readjustment and limiting the total time you can wear them. Additionally, many store-bought whitening methods are one size fits all, and depending on the shape of your teeth, may fail to reach important areas like in between the teeth, leaving spots and stains after treatment. 

Also, store-bought kits may contain ingredients that are harmful to your teeth and gums. Study the product and reputation of the company before buying the product. Many unlicensed or illegal whiteners are available online, and your dentist does not want you to damage your teeth. 

Over whitening is also an issue. Some people use the strips more frequently than recommended guidelines to achieve faster results. Without the guidance of a professional, there is some risk of making a mistake or regretting your teeth whitening choice. 

Professional Teeth Whitening in Vallejo, CA 

Not just anyone can perform a teeth whitening service. In places like the United States, only certified dental professionals can perform this type of whitening. Because it is performed by a professional, it comes backed by their dental expertise and experience, producing much better results than take-home whitening kits.


  • Their skill and tools will ensure that no part of your smile gets missed, producing more consistent results. 
  • Stronger teeth whiteners produce results more quickly. One whitening treatment lasts about one hour and visibly improves the color of your teeth.
  • The dentist will use special equipment or protective gel to cover your gums. Protecting your gums from irritation and damage makes it better for your gums.


  • You will have to visit the dental office for treatment! 

Which Is Better?

Professional teeth whitening services and take-home kits are better than store-bought systems. They are safer than store-bought kits, produce more even results, and are typically safer because your dentist approves them.

As far as take-home kits compared with in-office teeth whitening, the best option is the one that works best for you. If you have an event in the near future, remember that in-office teeth whitening produces faster results. If you have an event further in the future, the take-home kit may be sufficient. Your dentist may also recommend combination treatment. You start whitening in our dental office but then rely on your take-home kit to continue the process or do touchups when needed. 

Vallejo Teeth Whitening Options With A Family Dentist

Discuss professional teeth whitening with your dentist before you start any treatment. Not all teeth are healthy enough for whitening, and some dental work, like crowns, veneers, and other dental restorations, might respond negatively to the whitening agents. And restorations will not lighten at all, which can leave you with an uneven result. 

If you are looking for professional teeth whitening, look no further than the dental office of Morgan Nordstrom DDS and William C. Vizzolini DDS. Contact us to see how our team can help you achieve the smile of your dreams.

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