The Advantages of Professional Teeth Whitening vs. DIY, Over-the-Counter Whitening

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Essentially teeth whitening requires two decisions. The first is easy: to whiten or not.

The second could also be easy but we recommend careful thought: choosing a professional teeth whitening procedure or a DIY (do it yourself) approach with an over-the-counter whitening product.

Cosmetic dentistry gives you many options for improving your smile’s health and appearance. Teeth whitening is a fast and easy procedure that delivers immediately noticeable results.


Professional Teeth Whitening


Not all whitening procedures are the same (or effective)

A brighter smile could come at a price. That is, if you choose to save perceived costs and time by dashing to your local drugstore for a solution.

Over-the-counter whitening kits do provide improvement. But there are “costs” to be considered about DIY teeth whitening.

  • It can be messy.
  • It can be time consuming
  • It often does not last

What you gain with price or convenience you lose with consistency and long-term results.


Whiter, brighter teeth…and professional convenience too!

A professional, in-office teeth whitening procedure is a perfect alternative. You’ll leave your appointment with noticeably whiter teeth (up to 10 shades whiter) and an opportunity to keep it that way (more on that in a moment).

Your appointment can typically produce outstanding results in approximately one hour. And your teeth will remain white longer than with an over-the-counter method.

Teeth sensitivity is common following a whitening procedure.

That said, an in-office, professional treatment can reduce sensitive teeth issues. Plus, we take every step to assure that you’re comfortable throughout the procedure.

A professional whitening treatment at our St. Petersburg dental office comes with another benefit.

You can keep your smile’s brighter appearance with an at-home whitening kit.

These custom-fitted trays and whitening solution allow you to maintain your professional investment for long-term results.


The steps to increased confidence – the professional way

We recommend scheduling a preliminary consultation to discuss your appearance goals. We also encourage a teeth cleaning to remove plaque and tartar build-up prior to your whitening treatment.

Your whitening procedure includes:

  • Preparation of your lips and gums to avoid irritation
  • Application of the whitening solution on the external surface of your teeth
  • Designated time for the solution to penetrate and bleach-out the discoloration from your teeth
  • Post-treatment instructions to assure your comfort, managing any side-effects, and caring for your procedure with an at-home kit


Contact your St. Petersburg cosmetic dentistry specialist, Roberto Macedo, DDS, MS, PhD. about transforming the appearance of your smile with professional teeth whitening. Schedule your initial consultation to discuss the details of your procedure.