Ultimately, the main difference between professional and at-home options is the result you'll get.
“Professional teeth whitening delivers far more rapid results than at-home kits, due to the type and strength of active ingredients integrated into the formula. This is alongside being safer and more reliable as the treatment is administered by a qualified dental professional,” explains Dr Badr.
“While at-home whitening kits can look easy and affordable at a first glance, multiple treatments will be needed as the efficacy is significantly reduced, and if used incorrectly, can cause damage to your teeth and gums.”
We’ve all heard, whether from a friend or a stranger on Instagram, about a case of at-home teeth whitening DIY gone wrong.
Whatever you do in your search for the best at-home teeth whitening in Australia, avoid mixing your own concoction based on a Google recipe. Promise? OK.
“These should be avoided at all costs to prevent damage. Whitening kits that have gone through testing processes and professional whitening practices are by far the better options,” says Dr Badr.
“We also recommend professional cleans twice a year with your dentist or hygienist to remove stubborn stains.”
For a gentler at-home option, try something like Mr Bright Whitening Strips. Hydrogen peroxide-free, the handy strips can be used 30 minutes a day for 14 days to help add a little sparkle to your smile.