DIY Tooth Whitening VS. Professional Teeth Whitening  

DIY Tooth Whitening
If you’re thinking about teeth whitening, you’re probably wondering whether DIY tooth whitening is just as good as professional teeth whitening. The answer is actually pretty simple: professional teeth whitening is definitely the more effective option. Keep reading to learn more about the differences in DIY tooth whitening and getting your teeth whitened by a dental health and wellness expert, like Bonham Dental Arts.

Safe Ingredients

The ingredients in over the counter teeth whitening kits are often vague, or the products may have incomplete ingredient lists. Since there’s no regulation of DIY teeth whitening kits purchased from a grocery or drug store, you really don’t know what you’re getting, or worse, if it’s safe for use on your teeth.

When you get your teeth whitened by your dentist, you know that you’re getting high-quality ingredients that are formulated especially for use on your teeth. Bonham Dental Arts uses FDA approved teeth whitening products that actually do the job without causing harm to your teeth.


Most men and women who want their teeth whitened are looking for a significant change or at least a noticeable one. With professional cosmetic whitening at Bonham Dental Arts, you can get dramatically whiter teeth, something that a drugstore whitening kit can’t give you. We offer two effective teeth whitening options: Zoom and Opalescence.

With Zoom whitening, you can get up to 8 shades whiter in less than an hour in our office. With Opalescence whitening, you can get impressively whiter teeth in 5-10 days using the professional-grade whitening gel provided to you.

DIY tooth whitening kits are completely different. They’re not nearly as effective because the whitening gel or paste isn’t professional grade. With a DIY kit, you can’t expect to see more than a shade or two of whitening – and that’s the best case scenario. Most DIY kit users don’t notice a difference at all.


A DIY teeth whitening kit usually has one-size-fits-all rubber trays that you fill with whitening gel. The trays are meant to fit everybody, but they end up fitting absolutely nobody perfectly. This means that the whitening gel isn’t distributed evenly, and that can lead to inconsistent or patchy results. If you do see a little whitening with a DIY kit, it will probably be uneven.

With the take-home whitening kits at Bonham Dental Arts, you don’t have to worry about inconsistency. The trays are custom-fitted to your mouth. That alone gives you the ideal whitening gel distribution, exactly where you need it for beautiful results.

The in-office whitening at Bonham Dental Arts is just as easy to customize. Dr. Bonham discusses your goals and needs with you before the whitening begins and checks your progress frequently until the desired level of whitening is achieved!


The price of DIY whitening kits can be quite inexpensive, but this is a matter where the old adage “you get what you pay for” is quite true. Yes, professional whitening costs more than a DIY kit from your local drugstore. However, with professional whitening, you can safely achieve reliable, consistent, results. Additionally, you’re closely supervised by a dental care professional who’s focused on helping you reach your goals.

DIY Tooth Whitening Or Professional Tooth Whitening? 

We think that all the factors mentioned earlier point to the fact that professional tooth whitening is overall a better investment for someone who wants real results and a beautiful smile!

Bonham Dental Arts offers cosmetic dentistry of all types, including tooth whitening, dental implants, CEREC crowns, and much more. Want to learn more about professional whitening at Bonham Dental Arts? Get in touch online or contact our office today book your consultation!