Is In-Office Teeth Whitening Worth It?

There are different options when it comes to whitening your teeth – deciding which one will work best for you depends on your situation. Sometimes, in-office treatments may work better for one patient, while another patient will prefer the take-home whitening trays. Is in-office teeth whitening worth it? That depends on what your priorities are. If you’re most concerned with efficiency (a quick result), then yes, in-office whitening may be worth it. On the other hand, if you’re more concerned with cost (but same type of results), take-home trays may be the right choice for you!

Alternative Whitening Options

Take-Home Trays have become increasingly popular as they are a much more cost-effective option compared to an in-office professional whitening. One of the best things about these trays is their refillable gel – you can purchase the gel alone and refill the trays as many times as you please!

What About OTC Kits?

Most dentists will warn you away from over-the-counter whitening kits (like strips or trays). While they are cheap, compared to other options, they use different bleaching agents that may cause damage to your gums if you’re not careful when you use them.

The easiest way to get the best result is by consulting with your dentist. They’re able to use a stronger bleaching agent in a safe way that will typically give you a brighter, whiter result.

So, Is In-Office Teeth Whitening Worth It?

You tell us! Are you attending an important event over the weekend? If so, then maybe the cost is worth the timeline you’re facing – as it would be the only method guaranteed to whiten your teeth before the weekend (at this point).

If you’re ready to brighten those pearly whites, give your dentist a call! We’d be happy to set up an appointment with you.


Patrick M. Jaeckle, DDS, offers families in the Austin/Central Texas area the latest in comprehensive dental care. To improve the health and function of your smile, we provide preventive, cosmetic, and restorative dentistry, as well as migraine and headache relief. To schedule an appointment, call our Austin office at (512) 912-7543, or our Bee Cave location at (512) 402-1955.