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Home teeth whitening (bleaching)

Home teeth bleaching systems can reverse the natural wear and tear that causes yellowed teeth, resulting in a whiter smile.

Will at-home whitening kits brighten really yellowed teeth?

Kamini Talati (Port Saint Lucie, FL) on Sep 6, 2011
Over the counter whitening treatment may brighten yellow teeth but you may have to purchase extra whitening material in order for you to get the results you want. I recommend going to a dentist, having your teeth cleaned and then getting them professionally whitened. You may spend less money by utilizing your local dentist.
Christopher Baer (Aurora, CO) on Sep 6, 2011
There is a possibility that they could work, but I would recommend seeking the help of a dental professional and they could determine the best option for you. It is hard to say without actually seeing your teeth, but I would bet that you would be best served with some custom take home whitening trays made by a dental office.
Steven Bader (Newton Centre, MA) on Sep 6, 2011
At home whitening kits are NOT regulated or tested by anyone. They do not fall under FDA rules. There are many effective kits out there, but the results are definitely not predictable or reliable. I have seen variations from good results to tooth damage from over the counter bleaching kits. Most Crest products can work well but patients often have difficulty applying them evenly to their teeth. The most reliable way to have your teeth safely whitened is by a cosmetic dentist. Yes it will cost you more, but the health and safety of your teeth are worth it. I hope that helps. Best of luck.
Aziza Askari (Farmington Hills, MI) on Sep 6, 2011
Home whitening kits are effective on some stains. If you’re looking for a fast fix for minor stains, home whitening might work. But if you have really yellow teeth, you might need something stronger. Dentist-prescribed home whitening and in-office whitening are more potent because they contain a higher concentration of whitening agent than over-the-counter systems. If you find that drugstore whitening products don’t do the job, ask about potent home bleaching and custom trays or, for instant results, in-office KoR Deep Bleaching or Zoom! Whitening.
Amanda Seay (Mount Pleasant, SC) on Sep 6, 2011
At-home whitening kits can definitely brighten yellow teeth very well. I actually prefer them for a variety of reasons. As long as the at-home whitening kits are made by your dentist and come with professional strength whitening gel, you will be able to achieve the proper results. It may take you several more days to achieve the ideal whiteness if you have darker teeth, but you will be able to get them white!
Michael Apa (New York, NY) on Sep 6, 2011
it depends. At-home kits will whiten at some level, but it depends what the yellowing is caused from. They do not work well on tetrycyline stained teeth. There are some kits that are better than others. Crest WhiteStrips Professional Effects works very well for dark teeth.
Elisa Mello (New York, NY) on Oct 25, 2011
At home whitening kits are effective for a broad spectrum of discolored teeth. However, if the teeth are extremely yellow, do not expect miracles from the at-home whitening kits. You will definitely see an improvement. In order to see the bright white teeth it may require longer period of whitening. In office bleaching done at dental office with a combination of take-home bleaching kits may be the best solution. Also, must appreciate that teeth won’t remain as bright as the day they were originally bleached. Bleaching of teeth needs to be respected if the color begins to lose its luster and brightness.
Ramin Tabib (New York, NY) on Sep 26, 2011
At home whitening kits are effective for a broad spectrum of discolored teeth. However, if the teeth are extremely yellow, do not expect miracles from the at-home whitening kits. You will definitely see an improvement. In order to see the bright white teeth it may require longer period of whitening. In office bleaching done at dental office with a combination of take-home bleaching kits may be the best solution. Also, must appreciate that teeth won’t remain as bright as the day they were originally bleached. Bleaching of teeth needs to be respected if the color begins to lose its luster and brightness.