Do generic brand teeth whitening kits work?

These kits provide syringes that look similar to the ones professionals and dentists use. They include a boil and bite tray but otherwise look like they achieve similar results. How is this possible at a fraction of the price? 

Doctor Answers 3

Over the counter whiting

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Great question.  Bleaching Gels main ingredients is hydrogen peroxides. Over the counter bleaching Gel are not allowed to have high percentage of hydrogen peroxides, therefore the effect is not as great as a bleaching done by your dentist.  You can use them to maintain the bleaching you got done professionally.  Also the trays that is included in the over counter will not be a great fit and therefore the result won't be great.  

Over the counter whitening

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Thanks for sending your questions. While the over the counter whitenings don't offer the strength of the in office methods, they can be useful and help in maintaining a whiter smile. We do see patients  having the professional in office whitening done initially and use a maintenance kit routinely to keep the teeth bright all year long. All the best,

Navid Zamani, DMD
Los Angeles Dentist
5.0 out of 5 stars 4 reviews

Over the counter whitening

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The over the counter whitening kits contain less hydrogen peroxide and the trays that are made in the dental office are much better fitting that the ones you boil and bite into.  At the same time whitening that is given to you by the dentist is still under his supervision.  This however does not mean you can not try the over the counter whitening kits.  


Dr. Maddahi

Kourosh Maddahi, DDS
Beverly Hills Dentist
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