The Pros and Cons of Teeth Whitening

Are you considering a smile makeover? One of the most popular cosmetic dentistry procedures to improve the appearance of teeth is teeth whitening. You may want to consider the pros and cons of teeth whitening before you make the decision to try professional teeth whitening treatment. While there are some drawbacks to consider, you may be pleasantly surprised to find that there are many positives to whitening as a way to improve your smile and increase your confidence. Whitening treatment has become popular for a reason: It provides a noticeable smile boost quickly.

Pro: Quickly boost your smile

Teeth whitening can provide almost instant results. If you opt for an in-office teeth whitening service, you can see dramatic whitening results in just an hour. Imagine having noticeably whiter, brighter teeth in just an hour! The quick transformation is one major pro that attracts so many patients to teeth whitening.

Con: Results are not permanent

Though your whitening results can be long=lasting, results are not permanent. Teeth whitening removes and whitens surface stains for a brighter smile. But as you continue everyday life, including eating and drinking, your teeth will naturally become stained again over time. If you would prefer permanent teeth whitening results, porcelain veneers may be the best choice for a perfectly white smile.

Pro: Different options to fit your needs

There are different options for professional teeth whitening treatment, so you can choose the option that is best for you. Want quick teeth whitening results? Opt for a one-hour in-office whitening treatment. Prefer to whiten your teeth over time on your schedule from home? You can do so with custom-made whitening trays and bleaching gel under the guidance of your cosmetic dentist.

Con: Added expense

Teeth whitening is a cosmetic treatment, so it’s not typically covered by your dental insurance. It is usually an added expense. Most patients find that it’s worth the expense for a smile improvement. Teeth whitening is also one of the most affordable cosmetic dentistry treatments.

Pro: Accessible, non-invasive procedure

Unlike porcelain veneers, dental bonding, or teeth contouring, teeth whitening does not permanently alter your teeth, nor does it require an extensive or invasive procedure. Teeth whitening is accessible and non-invasive.


As a native of northwest Indiana, Nicholas Cain, DDS, is dedicated to providing excellent general, preventive, and family dentistry services to the community that raised him, welcoming patients from Gary, Miller, Miller Beach, and all surrounding areas. To schedule your appointment, call Healthy Smiles in Gary, IN, today at 219-938-2637. You can also email our office at