DIY Teeth Whitening Versus In-Office Treatments


Having bright, white teeth is becoming more and more popular. When you want to brighten your smile, two things come to mind: in-home ‘Do It Yourself’ kits and getting teeth professionally whitened. With so many options on the market today and lots of home-remedies, how do you decide which route to take? We’ll walk through what the difference between DIY and in-office treatments are, and what Rasmussen Dental has to offer for teeth whitening.

DIY Whitening Treatments

In the age of ‘Do It Yourself’ (DIY) treatments for everything and anything, teeth whitening has quite a few options available. Today, go to any grocery store and you’ll find a section of products for whitening teeth. Treatments range from trays and strips to LED systems. With a widespread offering, DIY provides a cost-effective alternative to in-office treatments. Below are some common at-home whitening products.

Custom Teeth Whitening Systems

Systems that use custom fitted trays provide customers with their own personal kit and supplies for dental impressions, whitening gels, and more. Once impressions are made, the items are mailed back to the sender, then the custom trays are created in a lab, and finally the plates go back to the customer 1-2 weeks later.

Cost: $70-$150

Duration: 1 to 3 hours every night for 1 to 3 weeks.

Shade: 5-8 shades whiter.

LED teeth whitening systems

These systems utilize a tooth whitening pen that comes with a gel to brush across the front surface of the teeth. Once the gel is applied, the customer uses the protective LED tray. By turning the light on for 15 to 30-minute intervals, the customer may acquire a brighter smile through this product.

Cost: $30 to $60

Duration: 15 to 30 minutes, but up to 2 to 3 hours per night for 1 to 3 weeks.

Shade: 3-6 shades whiter.

Teeth Whitening Strips

The use of teeth whitening strips is a popular at home treatment. To use this product, the buyer will place the strips on the teeth for 10 to 120 minutes. The time duration ultimately depends on the specific package purchased. It is crucial to note that due to this particular process, splotchy whitening and tooth sensitivity may occur as the product has prolonged exposure to tooth enamel.

Cost: $40 to $80

Duration: 10 minutes to 2 hours; done per night or twice daily for 1 to 3 weeks.

Shade: 2-5 shades whiter.

Professional Whitening Treatments

There are two types of professional whitening treatments that people are able to try. These include 1) take-home custom-fit trays and 2) in-office whitening. Rasmussen offers Philips Zoom! which includes both of these options for patients to enjoy. Being able to use both an in-office treatment while also able to have take-home trays to continue the whitening process may be helpful to some. Having the at-home kits continue the conversation around teeth whitening with their dentist and this dual action process creates an ideal package that is easy to use.  

Custom Fit Trays (at-home kits)

Just like the fitted trays for DIY whitening, professional whitening trays allow a patient to go about their day and do the treatment on their own time. The custom trays will come with gel that helps whiten your teeth at home.

Cost: $300 to $1,500

Duration: 1 to 3 hours; done per night for 1 to 3 weeks.

Shade: 5-8 shades whiter.

In-Office Whitening

Most dental offices offer teeth whitening treatments which are with or without the use of halogen lights. The service uses a protective layer of gel to minimize contact with the teeth, gums, and the whitening agent. The whitening agent is brushed onto the tooth’s surface, then a halogen light aids in the acceleration of the whitening process.

Dental Bleaching without Halogen Light

Cost: $300 to $1,500

Duration: 1 to 2 hours; done per visit.

Shade: 5-8 shades whiter.

Dental Bleaching with Halogen Light

Cost: $600 to $3,500

Duration: 1 hour; done per visit.

Shade: 8 shades whiter.

Get Whiter Teeth with Rasmussen Dental

While ‘do it yourself’ whitening can be beneficial if you’re looking to save some money, it is still recommended that you visit with your dentist to discuss all your options. If you are able to upgrade to quality dental treatments, you should! Plus, you’ll be working closely with your dentist to achieve the desired shade while ensuring that everything looks just how it’s supposed too.

LIMITED TIME OFFER! We are offering Philips Zoom in-office whitening to patients, which includes custom trays and a take-home whitening kit for $299 with a $50 rebate.

Schedule your appointment today for a teeth whitening consultation and start your journey to a bright, whiter smile!