Teeth Whitening: What Are Your Options?

There is no specific colour that your teeth should be. The shade of your teeth is influenced by a number of things. They will gradually become more discoloured as you age, particularly if you drink wine, tea, cola, coffee, or smoke cigarettes. Some medications, such as antibiotics can also contribute to tooth discoloration. Teeth whitening has become a popular option for you to maintain the clarity of your smile. I have tried a few ‘at home’ kits myself, in the quest for brighter teeth. Most people think about teeth whitening but are confused with all the options and worried about sensitivity of teeth. I know ti was a concern of mine.

Here’s an overview of what’s available today for both at home and in office whitening procedures and products. If you want to find out more about DIY teeth whitening kits, try this website.

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Teeth Whitening Gel 

Many people prefer to whiten their teeth at home using a teeth whitening gel. Most systems use a tray which is moulded to fit your teeth. You boil the tray for a few minutes so it will soften, and then bite on it for a few minutes. This enables it to conform to your mouth. The teeth whitening gel is poured into the tray and put in place. It has to be touching your teeth for 2 to 8 hours. The strongest whitening products contain carbamide peroxide and can whiten teeth by several shades and remove tough stains.

Teeth Whitening Strips

Whitening strips are coated with a peroxide-based gel that whitens the teeth. The strips are usually applied once each day for 20-30 minutes for a period of up to two weeks. Initial results are seen in a few days and final results are sustained for about 4 months. I have used the Crest strips in the past and though they worked, I did find that they made my teeth little sensitive.

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Teeth Whitening Toothpaste

All toothpastes are mildly abrasive so they will all help to remove and prevent surface stains to a small degree. Some whitening toothpastes contain chemicals that provide additional stain removal. Whitening toothpastes have no bleach so they can only help remove stains on the surface of your teeth. Whitening toothpastes may lighten your teeth color by only about one shade.

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Laser Teeth Whitening

The most up to date practices in dental technology have come up with the development of teeth whitening products which use peroxide in a stable form. Your dentist will paint a teeth whitening gel onto your teeth and activate it using laser light. This treatment up to an hour and a half, depending on how much bleaching is needed.  You may need more than one appointment for the best results.

Potential Risks

  • Absorption of the chemicals can cause possible adverse effects.
  • Changed in the surface structure of resin, metal and ceramic restorations.
  • Changes in your bite position from extended use of trays.
  • Soft tissue damage.

As you can see there are a number of options for removing stains, whitening your teeth and brightening your smile so you’ll feel more confident. Have you ever tried any of these options?

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5 Comments

  1. William Gould
    26th January 2017 / 4:49 pm

    My dentist, who is extremely good, says DO NOT have anything to do with any form of whitening products, including toothpaste! So mine are staying as they are!

  2. 27th January 2017 / 7:42 am

    I’d love to try the gel or strips. My teeth are so big that i worry they’d look unnatural if they were super sparkly.

  3. 10th May 2017 / 1:21 pm

    Hi
    Great Share!
    I really like your post! You smile’s looking great! A real difference from your pre-treatment picture. This technique works well when your teeth are in fairly good condition, to begin with – as your’s were even after the coke and chocolate abuse!

    Any kids reading this take the advice above and do look after your teeth properly. Brushing and flossing from the start are the best ways to keep your smile top class.

    Thanks for sharing posts like this! Keep sharing!

  4. 29th August 2017 / 1:48 am

    I didn’t know some dentists did laser teeth whitening. That’s interesting that it still uses a gel. Even without that tech, dentists still have access to professional whiteners that aren’t available to consumers.

  5. 4th December 2017 / 8:31 pm

    Whitening strips are coated with a peroxide-based gel that whitens the teeth. The strips are usually applied once each day for 20-30 minutes for a period of up to two weeks. Initial results are seen in a few days and final results are sustained for about 4 months. I have used the Crest strips in the past and though they worked, I did find that they made my teeth little sensitive.

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