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Is Premium Home Whitening Effective?

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I keep seeing advertisements for Premium Home Whitening. I don’t know if you are familiar with this product, but can you tell me if it is as effective as the teeth whitening that my dentist does? It’s a little cheaper than what he offers and money is tight for me right now. I’m just trying to find a way to have a pretty smile in the budget that I have available to me.


Dear Melissa,

teeth bleaching trays

The one thing that this product does have going for it is that it is using a valid tooth whitening ingredient. Will it be as effective as what your dentist offers? No. Even if it did have the same whitening strength as what your dentist provided, The whitening trays will destroy any hope of getting the full efficacy out of it. Here’s why.

The bleaching trays that your dentist provide for you are custom fit, like the ones pictured above. A mold is taken of your bite and the trays are made to fit your teeth perfectly. This serves two important purposes. The first is that it will keep the gel on your teeth, while keeping saliva from getting in. If saliva can get inside the whitening trays, then it will dilute the gel.

Additionally, if your saliva can get in then that means the gel can also get out. When that happens, you are losing gel and again lowering the efficacy. This means you will need several kits for every one tube of gel that your dentist provides for you. That won’t exactly save you much money. On top of that, you put your gums at risk of irritation because they are no longer protected from the gel.

If you want to whiten your teeth safely and effectively, I would do it through your dentist. If cost is the only thing stopping you, then I would simply talk to your dentist about your budgetary restraints. He or she may be willing to work with your on payment options.

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