I keep seeing advertisements for something called Premium Home Whitening. If you are familiar with this product, would you mind letting me know what you think of it? I don’t want to waste my money, but I am interested in whitening my teeth. My dentist doesn’t do any cosmetic work, but I’ve been with him for years and would feel bad leaving.
I looked at this kit. Here’s what I found. First, the whitening ingredient is 35% carbamide peroxide. That is a good teeth whitening ingredient. That’s a real plus and better than I see in most over-the-counter whitening kits. There are some things that lessen its value to you, though.
One of the biggest issues is the tray. The trays you see in the image above are custom-fitted by a dentist. This ensures that the teeth whitening gel stays in the trays and your saliva stays out. The trays with Premium Home Whitening are DIY, that means you’ll bite down to create the fit of the trays. These will not be custom fit. You’ll find that your saliva will get into the trays, which will dilute the whitening gel, making it less effective. In addition, your gel will leak out, not only will that not whiten your teeth, but it will put your gums at risk. There have been cases of someone needing a root canal treatment because of over-the-counter teeth whitening.
While this will whiten your teeth, I think in the long run it will cost you more to get equal results than you could from a dentist. I do realize your dentist does not do teeth whitening. You don’t have to leave him to get your teeth professionally bleached, though. You could go to your dentist for your general dental care and another for your cosmetic work. It is a common practice and your dentist would not be offended at all. If he wanted your teeth whitening business, he’d offer the service.
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