Best Teeth Whitening Kit 2022: a complete guide to teeth whitening 

Choosing the right teeth whitening kit can be daunting. Whilst there are many teeth whitening kits one can choose from, it can be hard to tell which products that work, can generate effective results, contain no harmful ingredients, and are ultimately safe to use.

Choosing the right teeth whitening kit can be daunting. Whilst there are many teeth whitening kits one can choose from, it can be hard to tell which products that work, can generate effective results, contain no harmful ingredients, and are ultimately safe to use. After all, teeth whitening is something we do to improve our smile and get whiter teeth, but it’s important to remember that it is a product we put inside our mouth. Thus, it’s essential to ensure that the teeth whitening kit you choose is safe to use whilst effective enough to generate desired results without causing tooth sensitivity, irritation to the gum, or damage to the tooth enamel. 

Thankfully, VOLT London is all about bringing you the best oral care advice and safe teeth whitening products manufactured in the UK. In this post, we will explore what the best option is to safely whiten your teeth at home and get the naturally white smile you deserve. 

How teeth whitening works 

Most people that are thinking about whitening their teeth do so because their color over time is a result of stains caused by food, drinks, tobacco use, age, medications, or injury. Teeth whitening is a process aimed at bleaching your teeth and breaking down stain molecules to make your teeth look brighter. This stain removal process works by removing stains on the outer layer of the tooth using both chemical and physical action as well as below the enamel surface by oxidising stain molecules. 

If you are thinking about whitening your teeth, there is a range of options to choose from and the optimal method for you will depend on budget, number of treatments to see results, teeth sensitivity, and lasting effects. The two most common options are professional in-surgery dental whitening treatments or at-home teeth whitening kits.  

  • In-office Bleaching: requires a visit to a dentist’s office that uses a combination of LED light and stronger teeth whitening gel to bleach the teeth. Each treatment takes about 60 minutes and costs £350-800. It’s possible to get 6-8 shades brighter. You should only seek treatment from certified dentists and not beauty salons.   
  • Teeth Whitening Kit: at-home teeth whitening kit with a lower concentration of active bleaching agent than what you would get in the dentist’s office. These kits are designed for 30-minute treatments from the comfort of your home and are less expensive than in-surgery treatments. 

Before whitening your teeth, you should consult a dentist to find the best solution for your needs. If you decide to buy a teeth whitening kit, make sure that the product has been approved and formulated by British dentists, manufactured in Europe, and conforms with the relevant UK and European regulations.  

Teeth whitening can enhance your smile

Are teeth whitening kits safe to use? 

Most teeth whitening kits are safe to use as long as you follow the usage recommendations. However, this does not mean that all kits are effective at generating promised results and contain ingredients that have been subject to clinical trials to prove their abilities to whiten teeth.  

Most teeth whitening kits contain hydrogen peroxide, which is an active bleaching agent with oxidising properties designed to remove surface stains from the teeth. In the UK, at-home whitening kits containing hydrogen peroxide are allowed only if they contain less than 0.1% peroxide. This relatively low level of hydrogen peroxide makes it safe to use, but it means you must spend a lot more time and many more treatments to get the desired whitening results from using the product. 

Other teeth whitening kits may use natural ingredients to whiten your teeth such as activated charcoal, sodium bicarbonate, coconut oil, sodium perborate, etc. Whilst safe to use, the problem is that none of these natural ingredients are truly effective at whitening your teeth and are mainly aimed at removing surface stains.       

It’s important to note that some teeth whitening kits sold online contain dangerously high levels of hydrogen peroxide, which can cause significant risks to your oral health over time. Very high levels of hydrogen peroxide mean that you are potentially exposed to causing damage to the tooth enamel and gum by overusing the product. In summary, shy away from brands who sell products that are not manufactured in Europe and whose products have not been approved by the EU and UK regulators for use at home. This will minimise the chances of buying a product that is not safe for home-usage.

Types of teeth whitening kits to avoid based on ingredients  

If you suffer from sensitive teeth, the main ingredient you should look out for is hydrogen peroxide. Although hydrogen peroxide is proven to work as a whitening agent, it can cause teeth sensitivity and irritate the gum both during and after a peroxide treatment. The effect of the peroxide does slightly demineralize the enamel of the tooth, which means that if you suffer from exposed cementum or dentin, the sensitivity can potentially increase during and after treatment. 

A recent BBC and Which? The investigation has revealed that some home teeth whitening kits contain dangerous levels of bleaching chemicals that can burn gums and cause tooth loss. The tests found that 58% of teeth whiteners sold on Amazon, AliExpress, eBay, and Wish contained illegal and dangerous levels of hydrogen peroxide. These products are made in the far east where little to no product control has been carried out to ensure the ingredients are safe and cause no harm to the consumer. In addition, these products are not approved for home usage as per EU and UK product regulations.          

Other ingredients that can be found in some teeth whitening kits and that should be avoided include sodium hydroxide, alcohol, polyethylene glycol, diethanolamine, and ammonium hydroxide. The combination of these ingredients is not good for the oral environment and can dry out your gums.  

Teeth whitening kits that work

Over the last few years, there has been a massive rise in the popularity of non-peroxide teeth whitening kits as more and more people want to whiten their teeth but are looking for effective substitutes to hydrogen peroxide products. An alternative bleaching agent to hydrogen peroxide is Phthalimidoperoxycaproic acid, also called PAP. It is a scientifically proven active bleaching agent that whitens discoloured molecules inside your tooth safely and effectively without causing sensitivity, pain, or irritation. 

PAP technology is a non-invasive tooth whitening agent which causes no damage to the enamel and contains elements for tooth oxidation that dissolves years of stains built up on the tooth enamel surface and behind the enamel. Unlike hydrogen peroxide products, PAP both restores and whiten at all three levels of the tooth. 

The best teeth whitening kit in the UK

Here at VOLT London, we are passionate about bringing you premium oral care products that are made in the UK, in factories run by people that we know and trust. Our teeth whitening gel contains premium dental-grade ingredients and has been clinically tested to cause no pain, sensitivity, or damage to the teeth during or after the treatment. The gel does not contain hydrogen peroxide, the most used active bleaching ingredient in most other whitening products, and that can cause sensitivity or irritation. The active whitening ingredient in our Professional Teeth Whitening Kit is Phthalimidoperoxycaproic acid (PAP), which has been formulated by leading British dentists and is manufactured in the UK using the highest quality dental–grade ingredients to deliver clinical results.   

This means our Professional Teeth Whitening Kit has been tried, tested, and perfected to meet and exceed the UK and European Safety and Quality Controls for cosmetic and oral care products. Completely safe to use whilst trusted to deliver promised results.   

The VOLT London Professional Teeth Whitening Kit uses Dual Light Technology to optimize the effect of our high-quality teeth whitening gel with oxidizing ingredients that help safely and effectively whiten your teeth whilst wiping away years’ worth of stains caused by coffee, wine, soda, smoking, and more. 

Benefits of using VOLT London Professional Teeth Whitening Kit

  • Advanced 18% PAP Whitening Technology 
  • Enamel Care Technology – safe for the enamel and gel formula enriched with vitamins and minerals to promote gum and enamel health  
  • No sensitivity, gum irritation, or weakening of the enamel 
  • Whitens both tooth surface and in tooth crevices for optimal whitening results  
  • Removes surface stains caused by coffee, wine, soda, food, smoking, and more 
  • Not tested on animals and vegan friendly 
  • No Artificial Colours or harmful chemicals  
  • Manufactured to ISO 22716 standards in a UK laboratory using premium quality dental-grade ingredients 
  • Whitening gel has been formulated by leading British dentists 


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