You may have heard about professional teeth whitening kits that are only available from your dentist. These safe and highly-effective products are only available from a professional because they have higher levels of hydrogen peroxide than over-the-counter products, and are therefore best used under the direction of a dentist.
Professional Teeth Whitening Kits and Over-the-Counter Options
How are professional teeth whitening kits different from the products found at your local drug store? Professional teeth whitening kits such as Crest Whitestrips Supreme are among the strongest peroxide-based whitening strips available: they feature 14 percent hydrogen peroxide content.
Most over-the-counter options, on the other hand, range from five to ten percent hydrogen peroxide. As a result of the higher peroxide levels, the professional products often provide the most dramatic results available in at-home whitening. Professional teeth whitening kits are recommended for users with the harshest stains who can also tolerate a more intense teeth whitening experience.
Do you have teeth sensitive to whitening? If so, you may prefer over the-counter options, as they tend to be gentler on teeth due to their lower-percentage peroxide formula. Talk with your dentist about whether professional teeth whitening kits or over-the-counter whitening kits would be best for you.