Dr Collins All White Bleaching Kit is based around the well tried system of flexible mouth trays filled with a carbamide peroxide or hydrogen peroxide based whitening gel. The procedure is known to be effective and straightforward.
- The product uses a proven type of gel, but has the choice of three different strengths to suit different preferences or circumstances. If you want the fastest possible result, you would use the maximum strength of 22%. At this concentration, an hour a day of treatment should be enough to achieve appreciable whitening in just a few days. For most people, the gel at 16% strength is the ideal, but needs to be used for several hours (one to four) daily to be effective. If you have sensitive teeth, then the 10% gel is recommended as being least likely to cause increased sensitivity.
- Dr Collins includes a desensitising gel with the kit. Should teeth sensitivity arise, this can be used in the mouth tray for a couple of days to calm down the nerves using potassium nitrate which has a numbing effect on the teeth.
- The kit includes customisable “boil-and-bite” trays to improve the fit. Indeed, it provides an extra two trays (four in total) in case of error, something many of its competitors don’t.
- The product is one of the least expensive to buy.
- You can get instructions in Spanish as well as in English!
- The length of time required to achieve a result seems to be longer with Dr Collins All White Bleaching Kit than with some others. Dr George’s Dental White, for example, claims you only need to wear the mouth trays for 30 minutes a day, when used in conjunction with the activating light that they supply. Other kits vary in their recommendations with an average of one to three hours being cited. Certainly with the 10% gel it might be difficult to achieve an adequate result.
- The amount of bleaching gel with the kit may not be adequate. There is said to be enough for 15 treatments but the kit provides only two syringes of 5ml each. You would need to be quite sparing with the gel.
- There is a query over the customer support for this system which seems to be based in South America, and might be difficult to contact to receive advice.
- Many reviewers complain that the bleaching trays are not easy to mould, perhaps why another two are included.
Although Dr Collins All White Bleaching Kit is a good quality product, and seems good value at first sight, there is a concern that there may be insufficient material in one kit to achieve a satisfactory result. It may therefore work out more expensive than some competitors in the long run. Our top rated product, Dr George’s Dental White, for example, has considerably more material in its kit for a comparable price.
The choice of different strengths of gel may be confusing for some people. The 10% gel may take too long to work, whilst the 22% concentration may be too strong for some and cause sensitivity. Why not stick to 16% which is effective and suitable for most people?