Professional Teeth Whitening Vs. DIY Whitening Kits

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What is Teeth Whitening?

If you’ve been finding yourself hiding your smile due to stained or discolored teeth, you may be interested in teeth whitening products. Teeth whitening is the act of lightening the color of a tooth by removing external stains or by altering the color of the tooth altogether. 

Applying a whitening solution to your teeth is an easy way to have that dazzling smile you’ve always wanted. While everyone wants whiter teeth for that picture-perfect smile, it’s important to be educated about what options you have. 

Being educated about your options can help you figure out what is the best way to lighten teeth.

DIY Whitening Kits

When it comes to tooth whitening kits, many people think this is an easier, more cost-effective way to have whiter teeth. Kits like this are typically found in stores or online and are fairly easy to use. 

While these kits may be cheaper than a professional teeth whitening service, it may begin to add up in the long run. Often, the results from kits like this fail to provide lasting results. This is because these kits simply don’t have the whitening power that will be in a professional dental office. 

Not only this, but you may have to purchase several kits over periods to get the same results that you may have gotten in one professional teeth whitening visit.

Benefits of Professional Teeth Whitening

Lasting Results

For patients that may have many stains and discolorations on their teeth, professional teeth whitening is highly recommended. Here at WeSmile, we offer the latest Zoom teeth whitening technology that offers long-lasting results from one visit. Stains from coffee, tea, food, or various drinks are gone within one session. 

Professionals with Experience

While DIY teeth whitening kits are more of a one-size-fits-all experience, a teeth whitening session with our professionals couldn’t be more different. Everyone’s mouth, gums, and teeth are very different, and every patient has different needs.

Some patients may have more fragile or sensitive gums, and professionals with experience can acknowledge this and provide these patients with extra care and attention. 

A consultation with dental professionals before your whitening treatment can help to assess if any dental issues must be addressed before your treatment. If a patient has cavities or tartar, the whitening treatment may not be as effective. 

Safety of Your Dental Health

In some cases, patients may not fully understand the negative effects of DIY whitening kits. If left on for too long, they can damage the gums and cause them to become irritated and inflamed. It can also result in tooth enamel wearing away over time. 

A visit to a professional dental office ensures that your dental health is a priority, while still whitening your teeth to your satisfaction. 

Choose Zoom Teeth Whitening

If you’ve been considering teeth whitening in the Hatboro area, why not come into our We Smile office? You can rest assured that you won’t be disappointed with the results you receive from the Zoom Teeth Whitening system. 

What are you waiting for? Take the first step towards a picture smile today.


Todd Singer, DDS

Todd Singer

Dr. Singer is a proven leader and expert in clinical excellence. He earned his DDS at the State University of New York at Stony Brook then completed his Periodontic Residency at the University of Maryland’s Dental School in Baltimore. He was a clinical instructor at the University of Maryland for many years and has now brought that same expertise to his position at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Dental Medicine where he is currently an Assistant Dean. Whether it’s teaching future dentists or caring for patients at WeSmile, Dr. Singer is happiest when he’s in a dental setting.

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