Teeth Whitening vs Teeth Bleaching Compared [2023]

February 16, 2023

Sometimes, brushing your teeth every day isn’t enough to stop teeth discoloration from happening. Teeth discoloration happens for a variety of reasons. For example, your teeth may naturally be yellow because of genetics, or your teeth may get discolored because of certain food and drinks, like curry, cola, and coffee. Don’t let yellow teeth be an unnecessary source of insecurity. Try teeth whitening to feel more comfortable and confident! Teeth whitening is an easy and convenient way to get a bright smile!

Teeth Whitening vs Teeth Bleaching – Are They The Same?

Teeth Whitening is often confused with Teeth Bleaching, but the two are in fact, different processes that yield different results. They have the same goal, which is to whiten teeth. However, teeth whitening is the practice of removing surface stains to restore teeth to their natural shade, while teeth bleaching goes a step beyond that. Teeth bleaching involves using chemical agents to lighten the color of the tooth enamel, turning teeth whiter than their natural color. You often see bleached teeth on influencers and celebrities – that’s how they get their smiles to be extra white in pictures and videos. 

 Teeth Whitening vs Teeth Bleaching Products

Teeth bleaching is done at the dentist. In the Philippines, in-office-based teeth bleaching can cost anywhere from Php 3,000 to Php 9,000, depending on the dentist you visit. However, teeth whitening can be done in the convenience of your own home. There are many natural and over-the-counter teeth whitening products available in the market. 


1.) DIY: Baking Soda and Hydrogen Peroxide

Your local grocery store has all the ingredients you need for DIY teeth whitening. Mix one tablespoon of baking soda and two tablespoons of hydrogen peroxide to make a paste that you can use once a day when brushing your teeth. This is because baking soda is abrasive, and hydrogen peroxide is lightening and germ-killing. However, the effects of this DIY solution are subtle and can take some time (days or even months!) to be noticeable. 

2.) Teeth whitening strips and pens

Teeth whitening strips and pens are some of the most popular over-the-counter teeth whitening products out there. They are quick and easy to use, often requiring only a few minutes of application. Both teeth whitening strips and pens make use of peroxide-based whitening gel.

3.) Teeth whitening toothpaste 

There are two different kinds of toothpaste that you can choose from if you want to whiten your teeth. 

There is teeth whitening toothpaste, which is hydrogen peroxide-based. I recommend the ​​Brilliant SmileTM  WhiteningEVO Toothpaste, which you can use as a substitute for your current toothpaste. Brilliant SmileTM is a trusted Swedish brand, and their products are the gold standard of teeth whitening. This toothpaste is available in 65mL tubes for Php 849.  

Aside from teeth whitening toothpaste, you can also use charcoal toothpaste. Charcoal toothpaste whitens teeth and freshens breath. It works by acting like a magnet for unwanted particles, like dirt, oil, stains, tartar, bacteria, and viruses. All these particles are washed away when you gargle out the charcoal toothpaste. For charcoal toothpaste, I would recommend trying the HiWhite Charcoal Toothpaste, which is available in different, fun flavors, like licorice mint, black mint, and coco mint. A 65mL tube of HiWhite Charcoal Toothpaste only costs Php 499!

4.) Other teeth whitening products

There are many other teeth whitening products that you can choose from. There are other DIY solutions, like using coconut oil or using banana, orange, or lemon peels. Aside from this, there are other teeth whitening products that can act as substitutes for the regular, everyday teeth cleaning products you use right now, like teeth whitening mouthwash

To save on money, consider grabbing the EVOBoost Premium Bundle, which comes with 250mL of mouthwash, and two kinds of toothpaste, the WhiteningEVO Toothpaste (65mL) and the WhiteningBOOST Toothpaste (20mL). These are all Brilliant SmileTM products, which is why I highly recommend that you try them now!

Should I Whiten or Bleach My Teeth?

Choosing whether to whiten or bleach your teeth depends on the kind of look you’re going for. As mentioned before, bleached teeth are often seen on influencers and celebrities, those in the spotlight who have their pictures taken regularly. However, that doesn’t mean that you can’t get your teeth bleached too! If you want that extra white, extra shiny smile, by all means, go ahead and book an in-office-based teeth bleaching session with your dentist!

However, take note that teeth bleaching can be harsh on your teeth and can cause heightened sensitivity, causing gum irritation and teeth discomfort or even pain. Teeth bleaching also takes a while, with one session lasting almost one hour. 

On the other hand, teeth whitening is for those who want more of a “natural look.” However, just because teeth whitening is less intense than teeth bleaching, it doesn’t mean you can’t get the benefits of a whiter, brighter smile!

Professional Treatments for Teeth Whitening

If you want to get your teeth professionally whitened, you have two options. First, you can visit your local dentist. Teeth whitening is a common procedure that any dental office offers. You won’t have a hard time booking a teeth whitening appointment with a dentist at all!

Your second option is to visit The Smile Bar, a teeth whitening salon that offers the fastest, most effective, and safest teeth whitening system available in the market today. ​​The Smile Bar uses a state-of-the-art, patented teeth whitening system that can make teeth 2 to 9 shades lighter in just one 20-minute visit. 

The Smile Bar offers different packages. A single whitening session costs Php 3,999, a double whitening session costs Php 5,999, and a triple whitening session costs Php 7,499.

The Smile Bar – Uptown Parade BGC

Address: 2/f Uptown Parade, 9th Avenue, corner 36th St, Taguig

Opening hours: 10 AM – 10 PM

Telephone: 02 8541 2853

Instagram: @ thesmilebarph

The Smile Bar – Ayala Malls, Vertis North

Address: 4/f, Cinema level, Ayala Mall, Vertis North 173, Quezon City

Opening hours: 11 AM – 8 PM

Telephone: 0917 590 0792


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