The Benefits of Professional Teeth Whitening vs. Home Kits


You’ve seen them. Advertisements for teeth whitening treatments you can use at home or even on the go. They promise whiter teeth in one or two quick, easy steps. But do they really work? And if so, how do they compare to having your teeth whitened at the dentist’s office?

At Soft Touch Dental, our patients often come to us with questions about whitening toothpaste, whitening strips, and all manner of over-the-counter whitening products. We tell them all the same thing: We can whiten your teeth better, faster, and safer than you can at home.

Look, we’re dentists, and when it comes to teeth, we don’t recommend cutting corners or taking chances on iffy products or treatments.  If you want whiter teeth, your dentist can help you, and the advantages of having your teeth whitened professionally are numerous. The teeth whitening treatments your dentist will give you are safe and effective, and they’ll produce better results than what you’ll get over-the counter.


Just like with medications and doctors, the teeth whitening treatments you can get through your dentist will be stronger and more effective than what you can get over the counter. The chemistry of many drugstore products is weak, but because your dentist is a licensed professional, s/he is allowed to use much more potent formulas than any mouth rinse you can buy at the drugstore. You may be able to purchase kits that are stronger than drugstore whitening strips, for example, but in some cases, they may be too strong and therefore not safe to use without proper supervision. Tooth sensitivity and gum irritation are common side effects of improper teeth whitening.


One important thing to understand is that you should not attempt to whiten your teeth at all if your teeth are not healthy.  For one, no whitening product will work on stains from major deposits caused from not brushing. And two, it’s a bad idea to introduce whitening products to teeth and gums that aren’t healthy. If the whitening material gets into a cavity, it could cause excruciating pain. A dentist will not only assess your teeth ahead of time to make sure they’re in good health, but also take other precautions to ensure that the experience is safe and comfortable for you. For example, when using stronger formulas, your dentist may protect your gums from the whitening material.

Quick and Even Whitening

The over-the-counter products that do work are the ones that require both time and consistency. You’ll need to use a whitening toothpaste daily for a long period of time, and if you do get results, they will be both subtle and gradual.  Whitening strips require several days and several strips, and because they don’t exactly fit around you’re teeth, you’re likely to get spotty results from them. But you can leave the dentist’s office with whiter teeth in just one visit.

We can help whiten your teeth in an hour!

At Soft Touch Dental, we use ZOOM!, a revolutionary teeth-whitening procedure that is safe, fast, and extremely effective. Most people can expect their teeth to become 2-3 shades lighter in just one visit.  In some cases, we may be able to help lighten them by 5 or 6 shades.  The results will last and last. This means you can say goodbye to drugstore teeth whitening purchases for good!

For those with sensitive teeth, you’ll be happy to know that not only are the results of your ZOOM! treatment going to be long lasting, but your teeth will also have noticeably less sensitivity afterward.

Have questions about ZOOM! teeth whitening procedure or any of our other services? Give us a call.

At Soft Touch Dental, your smile is what we’re all about.