I received an advert for a something called Premium Home Whitening Tooth Products. It’s cheaper than what my dentist charges. Do you know anything about this product? If so, will it actually work?
I did a little investigating into this product. First, the good news. Its teeth whitening ingredient is 35% carbamide peroxide. This will whiten teeth. The light they offer seems to be bogus to me, which does give me pause about the integrity of the company. If you get it, don’t expect the light to do anything.
There are two big differences here, though, about what you get with Premium and what you’d get with your dentist. Obviously, you wouldn’t be doing this under the supervision of a dentist so you’d have no way of knowing if something hinky was going on until it was too late. This leads me to the second issue, their whitening trays. This can lead to problems.
When your dentist provides teeth whitening trays for you, he makes them custom fit to your bite. This keeps the whitening gel on your teeth and away from your gums and saliva. Why is this important? Premium Home Whitening is different. Their’s are not professionally fit and will have serious leakage issues.
When you have leakage there is a three fold problem. First, the gel can reach your gums, which will be an irritant. If you have any exposed areas from your gums wearing down, it can lead to more serious issues. Second, any leaked gel means your teeth are not getting whitened by it. This is a waste of the gel. Thirdly, if gel is leaking out that means your saliva is leaking in, which dilutes the gel making it significantly less effective.
If cost is the only issue keeping you from doing this with your dentist, my recommendation is that you talk to him about it. Most dentists are willing to work with their patients as long as they are upfront about what is going on.
This blog is brought to you by Kalmazoo Cosmetic Dentist Dr. Susan Dennis.