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A 46-year-old member asked:

is it possible to make your own tooth whitening kit?

5 doctor answers11 doctors weighed in
Dr. Howard Kirschner
Dentistry 9 years experience
No: Do not try. The chemicals are dangerous and could hurt your tissues, gums, and lips.
Dr. Gary Sandler
Dentistry 54 years experience
Why bother?: Over the counter kits are relatively inexpensive although their ability to whiten is often variable and inadequate to what is desired by most patients. The best way to get your teeth whitened is to discuss the options with your own dentist. Anything that you try at home will most likely be a waste of your time and money and be very disappointing if not dangerous. Leave it to a professional.
Dr. Jeffrey Goldstein
Cosmetic Dentistry 33 years experience
No.: There is no safe way to make an effective tooth whitening kit at home.
Dr. I. Jay Freedman
Dentistry 43 years experience
Not really : If you were a biochemist, maybe, but it is inexpensive and easy to buy White Strips at the drug store or even get a custom kit from your dentist. The last thing you would want to do is damage your teeth or hurt yourself.
Dr. Paul Grin
Dr. Paul Grin answered
Pain Management 36 years experience
You can make your : own kit or you can use over the counter tooth paste or supper market products like white-strips. However, they are not so effective and/or stable. OTC bleach and whitening tooth paste could be used as a supplement only. A professional teeth whitening without laser, followed by home whitening system with custom trays for the long term effect. You will be very happy with the results.

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What is a tooth whitening product?

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What's a good working tooth whitening toothpaste?

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None for whitening: Hydrogen peroxide is the primary chemical used for whitening and although some toothpastes may have it, the concentration is not high enough and unless you want to sit there with toothpaste in your mouth for 30min to an hour it isn't going to do that much for you. Mechanical removal of debris and plaque daily should be enough. If you want to whiten more, call your dentist or get a take home kit.
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What do you think is the safest tooth whitening product?

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OVER THE COUNTER: Crest is a reliable product. Over the counter products have low concentraction of bleaching agents.
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Are most tooth whitening kits effective?

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Dr. Michael Teitelbaum
Dentistry 32 years experience
No: Since they generally use strips, not custom made "trays" they gel won't get in between your teeth, & could cause a "striped" effect. Also, since the gel flops out all around, it can cause tooth sensitivty & gum irritation.
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Is tooth moosse an effective tooth whitening toothpaste?

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Tooth Mousse: Many toothpastes can have minor effects on teeth whitening. Ultimately, the results are minimal and cannot compare to bleaching or laser whitening.

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