I received an advertisement for a Premium Home Whitening Kit. I wondered if you know anything about that. Is it legitimate? By that I mean will it actually make my teeth whiter or is it a scam?
I am glad you wrote. It is always better to be safe than sorry. You would not believe how many times we hear of promoted kits like this that end up being bogus. One of them uses nothing but a pigment that just paints your teeth whiter for a temporary period of time. Checking on things can save you some wasted time and money. After doing some research, here are my conclusions. First, it will whiten your teeth. The main ingredient is carbamide peroxide, which is a legitimate teeth whitening ingredient. However, it will not give you as much bang for your buck as you are likely hoping.
I found the price to be a little high given its limitations. My suggestion is you consider the limitations before making your decision. The biggest limitation is the whitening trays. These are DIY and will not be nearly as secure as the type of teeth whitening tray your dentist will provide for you. This weakens the whitening gel in two ways. First, it allows saliva into the trays, which will dilute the gel. Second, it will allow your whitening gel to leak out, which will not only make it less effective, but it will also put your gums at risk of irritations and other problems.
My suggestion? Go to your dentist. Tell him the price for the Premium Kit. Ask him if he can get close to that. If he can, I would go with your dentist. It will be much more effective, the trays will be custom fit and more comfortable, and it will be safer from complications.
If you are looking for a quicker whitening method, you can do Zoom Whitening. It is more expensive, but it can completely whiten your teeth in just one appointment.
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