Today let’s do a very quick recap on the different types of teeth whitening, what works, what doesn’t, and basically how things work.



Toothpaste work if your teeth are already fairly white. They will actually keep things looking the whitest as possible because they help to remove surface stains. They do not make the teeth whiter. They don’t add bleach whitening products to the teeth. Even if there’s hydrogen peroxide in there, it’s not going to actually change the shade.

If you want to change the shade of your teeth which is usually the point you do need professional treatment.

There are different types of professional whitening treatment

The first one is your dental hygienists.

dental hygienist teeth whitening

They will professionally apply it to your teeth. It takes one hour and you can go up to five shades lighter sometimes more depending on their current shade. But it works right away. They use a higher strength peroxide of carbamide peroxide and hydrogen peroxide. It is not safe to be used at home because it can burn the gums which is why it needs to be applied by a dental professional or a teeth whitening technician.

Another professional type is a whitening kit.

whitening kit

This kit comes with a tray and a light. It includes whitening pens, so you actually brush the peroxide on the teeth then put the tray in the mouth for about 15 minutes to half an hour every day. You will go up to five shades lighter over three or five or seven days, maybe ten days. If you apply it every day over that amount of time, depending on your current shade, you will actually see the results you want.

The differences are:

  • Toothpaste could be anywhere from ten to forty dollars or more.
  • Whitening kits can be about a few tens to a hundred dollars.
  • Professionally applied could be 200 to 500, it really depends on where you are going.

Just remember:

Toothpaste is good if your teeth are already white, it prevents the stain from sticking to the teeth, especially if you’re a coffee drinker, wine drinker, or smoker. But to actually lighten the enamel, you need a professional treatment by your dental professional or teeth whitening technician or a whitening kit.

I hope this helped you.

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