Syringe vs. Pen: Choosing the Right Vessel for Chairside Whitening

Syringe vs. Pen: Choosing the Right Vessel for Chairside Whitening

As a chairside whitening provider, ensuring that your teeth whitening gel is convenient, cost-effective, and compliant with infection control policies is paramount. But when it comes to delivering that magic gel, which vessel is best: the syringe or the pen? Let's delve into the pros and cons of each to find out.

Chairside Whitening: Exploring Syringe and Pen Formats

Chairside whitening involves the application of higher percentages of professional whitening gel to the tooth structure by trained professionals. The vessel format for whitening gel typically comes in two options: the pen or the syringe. While each teeth whitening technician may have their preference, there are clear advantages and disadvantages to consider for both.

Teeth Whitening Pen:


  • No Cross Contamination: Each client receives their own pen, eliminating the risk of cross-contamination.
  • No Extra Tips Needed: Pens come pre-loaded with gel, reducing the need for additional accessories.


  • Cost Per Patient: Despite being convenient, pens can result in higher costs per patient due to leftover gel after each session.
  • Difficulty in Application: Thick coverage can be challenging to achieve with a pen, potentially impacting treatment efficacy.
  • Perceived Value: Clients may balk at paying premium prices for a service that resembles an at-home product.

Teeth Whitening Syringe:


  • Cost Efficiency: With the ability to treat multiple clients, the cost per patient is lower compared to pens.
  • Ease of Application: Syringes allow for precise placement of gel in thick intervals, enhancing treatment effectiveness.
  • Versatility: Syringes can be used for both paint-on and direct application methods, offering flexibility in treatment options.


Fern Whitening Supplies' Preference:

At Fern Whitening Supplies, our preferred vessel for chairside whitening is the syringe. We find that pens are better suited for lower percentage gels intended for take-home use. Additionally, don't forget to provide your clients with a retractor when offering take-home pens to ensure optimal results.

What's Your Preference?

Now that we've explored the pros and cons of teeth whitening pens and syringes, we'd love to hear from you. Which vessel format do you prefer for your teeth whitening business? Share your thoughts and experiences with us!

At Fern Whitening Supplies, we're committed to providing innovative solutions that empower dental professionals to deliver exceptional results. Partner with us and elevate your chairside whitening experience today.

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