There are many teeth whitening products available such as; whitening toothpaste, over-the-counter gels, rinses, strips, and whitening treatments from your dentist. Teeth whitening is ideal for people who have healthy, unrestored teeth and gums. Individuals with yellow stained teeth respond best to the treatment. But this cosmetic procedure is not recommended for everyone.
Whitening toothpaste: Whitening toothpastes help remove stains only and do not contain bleach. Over-the-counter whitening products contain carbamide peroxide that helps to lighten the color deep in the tooth.
Whitening strips and gels: Whitening gels are clear; you apply peroxide based gels with a small brush directly to your teeth.
Whitening strips are thin, invisible and coated with a peroxide based whitening gel. Apply the strips twice a day for 30 minutes for 14 days.
Whitening rinses: Whitening rinses refreshes the breath and help reduce dental plague and gum disease.
Tray-based teeth whiteners: This involves filling a mouth guard with a gel whitening solution, the tray can be worn during the night for up to four weeks.
In-Office Whitening: With in office bleaching, the product is applied directly to the teeth with a combination of heat, light or a laser. Results are seen within 60 minutes after the treatment.
How long does it last?
Teeth whitening is not permanent, try to avoid food and beverages that may cause staining. The degree of whiteness may vary from person to person depending on the condition of your teeth, level of staining and type of bleaching system you use.
Who should not undergo teeth whitening?
Bleaching is not recommended in children under the age of 16.
Individuals with sensitive teeth and gums or defective restorations should consult with their dentist first before applying a teeth whitening system.
Individuals with gum disease or teeth with worn enamel should not undergo a teeth whitening procedure. Cavities need to be treated before undergoing a teeth whitening procedure.
Tooth-colored fillings do not whiten.
A healthy color is a white a shade lighter that the whites of your eyes.
Yellowish teeth respond well to bleaching rather than brownish or grayish colored teeth.
Brighten your smile with an over-the-counter or in-office treatment and you will feel more confident and ready to take on the world.