Professional Teeth Whitening vs Over the Counter Whitening

Home teeth whitening kits promise cheap and cheerful results and have become increasingly popular as the easiest way to achieve that perfect smile. However, it is important to know what you are getting yourself into when you click buy on those seemingly innocent whitening strips. 

 

I think it goes without saying that your tooth enamel is extremely important, and is something you should protect at all costs. So the question to answer is: do these at home kits pose a risk to your dental health? 

 

The short answer is yes, they do. At home teeth whitening kits are vastly unregulated, sometimes containing dangerous levels of hydrogen peroxide (some as much as 300 x the recommended amount!) which can cause irreparable damage to your enamel, and gums. Not to mention that the ‘results in 5 minutes’ promise is due to the addition of chlorine dioxide, which you will be familiar with from your days spent learning to swim. That’s right, they use pool cleaner to speed up the process. Which sounds a lot like a one way train to chemical burns, and enamel erosion. 

 

Your gum health is extremely important, causing damage to gum tissue can lead to loss of teeth in the future, which I’m sure we can agree is a much higher price to pay than professional whitening. 

Our advice would always be to at least consult your dentists before you go ahead with any kind of treatments which could affect your dental health, especially where DIY whitening is involved!