choose between home bleaching and laser whitening

Teeth Whitening - How To Choose Between Home Bleaching And Laser Whitening

We would all love to have white sparkling teeth. Our teeth, however, become stained and discoloured because of the things we eat and drink. There is a way, however, to get them back to their sparkling best – tooth whitening! For teeth whitening in London there are a few options– trays, gels and strips or laser. Here are details on each.

Tray whitening

A lot of people want whiter teeth but may have a tight budget. Tray whitening is a cheaper way to whiten teeth at home. It will take longer than professional whitening. General instructions are as follows:

  • Heat the mould in hot water
  • Place in your mouth and then bite down to take an impression of your teeth
  • Put the gel onto the mould, then put the tray back into your mouth
  • Leave it in as instructed

Pros                                                                          Cons

Easy to use and inexpensive                      Takes around a week to complete

Strip Whitening

If you are whitening your teeth for the first time, strip whitening might be for you. It is the cheapest option and probably the simplest.

  • Apply the gelled side of the strip to the top and bottom teeth
  • Wait for the time advised
  • Take off the strips.

Pros                                         Cons                                                                
Easiest to use                    Takes about 2 weeks
Cheap                                     Strips can fail and might be fiddly

Laser whitening

While home whitening is popular, many people prefer a professional to do the treatment. Many people seek teeth whitening in London using lasers to make their teeth whiter:

  • First the mouth is cleaned
  • Teeth are covered with hydrogen peroxide gel
  • The gel is ‘activated’ by the laser and within an hour whitening will be achieved

Pros                                                                    Cons

No anaesthetic required                         More expensive
Carried out by a professional               Often will not work if
Very quick method                                     A tooth is grey      


The first time you whiten your teeth try strips. They are cheap and easy but will not have as a dramatic effect as other more expensive methods.

If you have more money to spend, laser whitening is quick and you will see a dramatic improvement when you compare it with products designed for home use. It is a good idea to visit a dentist for an assessment, before you try to whiten your teeth as some techniques might harm teeth that are already damaged.

The new shade will only last for about six weeks depending on your eating habits and the method used.

02 May 2016