Take-Home Trays Vs. In-Office Teeth Whitening

shutterstock_100322954Have you noticed discoloration in your smile lately? While you may be inclined to whiten your smile on your own, it is always recommended to avoid over-the-counter kits or other products as they could potentially cause damage to your teeth without providing results. Don’t feel discouraged because there isn’t anything you’re able to do on your own – at Syosset Dental we offer a couple different options to give you the pearly whites you desire. What works best will vary for each individual patient, but both options have pros and cons. So, let’s compare your options; take-home trays vs. in-office teeth whitening.

How Does Cost Compare?

An in-office whitening treatment is more expensive for a few reasons – your dentist is monitoring you throughout the whole process, a higher concentration of bleaching gel is used, and it’s also the quickest way to see results. While each of these also double as great advantages to having your teeth whitened in-office, it does come with a higher price tag.

In comparison, take-home trays are significantly more cost-effective. In fact, these trays are actually reusable! Instead of paying for a one-time procedure, you already have the trays – all you need is a refill of the whitening gel to fill them with. You could end up getting 5-6 whitening treatments out of the same trays, all from the comfort of your home too!

How Does Timeframe Compare?

The result at the end of any whitening treatment will vary depending on the shade of your teeth prior to, but both of these options achieve similar results – just in different amounts of time. If you have an important event the next day, an in-office procedure may be worth the additional cost to you. But, on the other hand, if you can wait a week for those pearly whites, take-home trays can achieve similar results without breaking the bank!