Well, with technology and all the options available we do have a lot of choices to get a beautiful white smile that beams with self-confidence. But you should know the facts and what kind of results to expect from each of these options.
Here’s a quick run-down on the different kinds of teeth whitening options out there:
Teeth Whitening Gums: Whitening gums has been extensively seen via advertising media in recent times. They contain bicarb soda which is also employed in the commercial tooth whitening toothpastes. However, they do not contain any bleaching agent which is regularly employed in most commercial tooth whitening systems and is effective. You need to chew the gum for 20 minutes four times per day for it to show any kind of effect. Any visible whitening signs can take up to four weeks to appear and results may not be uniform on all your teeth.
Teeth Whitening Pastes: These are available over the counter and just about every manufacturer has jumped on the teeth whitening bandwagon. They are used the same way as your regular toothpastes and claim to have whitening effects. Many dentists have pointed out that they do not have any significant whitening effects and that normal toothpastes work just as well. People brushing with whitening toothpastes several times per day may be doing more damage than good.
Teeth Whitening Strips: Most of the strips with the exception of a couple are available over the counter and they contain peroxide which is a bleaching agent. The peroxide is low in concentration, generally 6-15% in volume. You have to wear these strips in your mouth for about an hour once or twice a day for a specified number of days. Different brands produce different results. When using strips, achieving a 3 shade level improvement may be seen over a period of time. Once again, results may produce different levels of whitening on each tooth and may not be consistent.
Teeth Whitening Trays: These come in the one size fits all whitening trays or custom fit trays for the patient. The custom fitted trays are preferable since they tend to be more effective and easier to work with. This method requires wearing the trays with whitening gel in the mouth for a fixed period and number of times each day. The gel contains Carbamide Peroxide with concentrations of around 10-15%. They have been shown to be reasonably effective in many cases although the one-size-fits-all has been often shown to be ineffective due to improper contact of the whitening gel and teeth.
In-Office Teeth Whitening: This is the most sought after cosmetic treatment for whitening teeth and also the most effective. In-office tooth whitening is carried out by professional dentists who use tested and proven professional teeth whitening systems. In-office is the highest quality and most professional system to whiten teeth. It produces the most consistent whitening from tooth to tooth and the most natural looking. You can immediately get the results you want in about an hour.
Who Teeth Whitening is For:
- People with coffee, tea, or alcohol stained teeth.
- People with other stains such as drug related stains.
- People with yellow teeth with no apparent cause.
- People wanting to improve their smile and self confidence.
If you are embarrassed to smile or uncomfortable with the way your teeth look then teeth whitening will improve how you feel about yourself and is something you might want to consider.
Who Teeth Whitening is Not For:
- Pregnant or Lactating mothers
- Children below 14 years
- People with extremely sensitive teeth
- People with untreated cavities and gum disease