Teeth whitening kits are a relatively recent phenomenon. Till a decade or so back, if you wanted to whiten your teeth, you had to go across to the dentist’s office to get it done. Many people found this to be quite wearisome, even though the dentist’s procedures did produce good results.
Many marketers realized that people would pay for good teeth whitening kits that they could use in the comfort of their own homes. Thus, there came a flood of products into the market all promising pearly-white teeth. You can find these kits in many different kinds of retail outlets including chemists’ shops, grocery stores and more.
These kits are quite affordable when compared to the costs involved in getting a dentist to do the whitening job (for example, laser teeth whitening can commonly cost up to $1500). And cosmetic dentistry is often not covered by health insurance plans, so cost is a consideration. This was another major selling point for the teeth whitening kits.
Let’s take a look at some of the common whitening kits available on the market.
Many people have achieved good results with the Zoom Weekender’s Kit. This kit can whiten teeth by a maximum of six shades with just three applications. The kit can be used at home, without any need for a dentist’s supervision. The downside is that each application need to be in place for anywhere from four to six hours, which is quite a long time, even when you are doing it at home. This product is a good seller and there have been favorable consumer reviews about it.
The Supernova Whitening Kit is another product on the market. It is said to work quite reliably. Those who wish to whiten their teeth can make casts of their own teeth. The whitening gel is placed into trays made based on these casts. The kit offers detailed, step by step instructions on how to go about the process. In addition, the company offers your money back if you are not satisfied with the product. Overall, many purchasers have found this kit to be useful.
There are also teeth whitening kits that use a generic tray instead of a custom built one. The Aquafresh White Tray is an example. You have to fill the tray they supply with the whitening gel. The company does not disclose the concentration of hydrogen peroxide it uses, claiming it to be proprietary information. The major downside is that because it uses a generically designed tray, it is not possible to protect the gums and lips from the hydrogen peroxide gel. This means that the gums and lips may come into contact with the gel, resulting in pain and discomfort. This is usually temporary, though.
The Crest Whitestrips Premium is another popular whitening kit. It costs considerably less than the Zoom kit mentioned above. Unfortunately, the results are not as long lasting as those obtained with Zoom. The system uses strips coated with special compounds to achieve the whitening. These strips must be placed directly on the areas where the stains are present. This is a serious disadvantage if the stains are in difficult to reach locations. The kit can produce teeth that are three shades lighter. The strips must be kept in place for about half an hour twice daily.
There are other types of teeth whitening kits also available. It is best to consult your dentist before buying one.
Common alternate terms and spellings include: teeth whiting, teeth whiteing, teeth whitning, bleaching teeth, yellow teeth, teeth whiter