Although the majority of online reviews show that the results of professional teeth whitening are faster and more immediately apparent, there are many advantages to ‘DIY’ or ‘at home’ kits. A massive variety of these types of kits are now available, ranging from ‘over-the-counter’ mouth guards and gel to custom made trays – there are even kits available that come with UV lights.
With an almost baffling amount of choice, what are the pros and cons of having a go at whitening your teeth in comparison to sticking with your dentist?
Over recent years, the effectiveness of home whitening kits has improved dramatically. Amazon reviews show many customers now swear by-products such as Crest Whitening Strips and Doll White, and are happy to testify to the excellent results that they have achieved. Many of these kits now come packaged as strips, meaning that there are no messy mouth guards or gel and that development time is usually around 30 minutes.
Of course, one of the significant benefits of home teeth whitening versus professional treatment is the cost. In essence, professional teeth whitening can cost many hundreds of pounds, in comparison to around £10 for a week course of unbranded strips!
Now, to the downside of that DIY kit that you’ve seen on offer… many users of DIY kits have complained of increased (and in some cases quite severe) increased tooth sensitivity. A few have even stated that these effects are long-lasting, extending well beyond the few hours that the majority of users report.
Dentists are quick to point out that some of the cheaper and unbranded products may damage teeth and gums, and of course, the whitening effect is not as instantaneously visible with the home whitening kits. There is also a good argument that any process which could cause lasting damage to your teeth should be supervised by a professional, or at least only carried out after consultation with your dentist.
The key here is to research the product that you are considering, and if in any doubt, ensure that you talk to your dentist before starting the course.