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What should you keep in mind when buying at-home whiteners for teeth?

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At-home whiteners have peroxides, typically carbamide peroxide, in amounts ranging from 10% to 20%.

Choose a product with a peroxide level somewhere in the middle of that range. If the product doesn’t bother your mouth but doesn’t provide the lightening effect you want, you can choose a higher level. If you have any questions, your dentist can help you find the whitener that best fits your needs.

From: Teeth Whitening Safety Tips WebMD Medical Reference

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Richard H. Price, DMD, consumer advisor, American Dental Association.

Laurence Rifkin, DDS, Beverly Hills, Calif.

Michael Sesemann, DDS, president, American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry.

Grace Sun, DDS, West Hollywood, Calif.

American Dental Association: "Tooth Whitening Treatments."

Jorgensen, M. 2002. Journal of the American Dental Association,

Reviewed by Michael Friedman on August 23, 2018

SOURCES:

Richard H. Price, DMD, consumer advisor, American Dental Association.

Laurence Rifkin, DDS, Beverly Hills, Calif.

Michael Sesemann, DDS, president, American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry.

Grace Sun, DDS, West Hollywood, Calif.

American Dental Association: "Tooth Whitening Treatments."

Jorgensen, M. 2002. Journal of the American Dental Association,

Reviewed by Michael Friedman on August 23, 2018

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