Having whiter teeth usually makes your smile look more radiant and hence improve your appearance. This is the main reason why teeth whitening has become the most popular of all options in cosmetic dentistry. There are quite a number of ways through which the whitening process occurs but not all of them are suitable for all people.
You are supposed to check with your dentist in order to identify the right whitening method that is applicable to your case. Below are some of the available methods:
Over-the-counter Whitening Gels and Strips
These whitening products are professional and produce results that are noticeable due to their carbamide peroxide or hydrogen peroxide content. These two chemicals help in lightening the color deep in the tooth. The gels are usually applied on the tooth’s surface using a small brush. They need to be applied twice daily for a period of 14 days and changes are noted within the first few days of use. The end results are usually enjoyed for up to four months.
This acts in the same way that mouth washes do in freshening breath, reduce gum disease and dental plaque but they whiten breath. They contain hydrogen peroxide which is responsible for whitening teeth. These rinses ought to be swished inside the mouth for about 60 seconds twice daily before brushing. They are touted to be less effective when compared to other whitening products like the over-the-counter ones due to minimal contact time with the teeth. They take up to 12 weeks for results to be seen.
This is usually the quickest way that teeth are whitened. Although it is expensive as it is administered by a dentist, it is also very effective. The whitening product is usually applied on the teeth and then combined with laser, special light or heat. This method is capable of making your teeth to become eight times lighter. Results are usually noticeable in 30- to 60 minute treatment but one needs several appointments.
Tray-Based Tooth Whiteners
These whitening system works by filling a tray that resembles a mouth guard with a whitening solution in the form of a gel and then wearing it for a certain period of time. The solution contains a bleaching agent (peroxide). The rate at which your teeth are discolored dictates the hours and for how long you wear these trays. They are available from your dentist or over the counter. The ones sold by dentists act fast as they have a high content of the peroxide-bleaching agent.
All the above are some of the teeth whitening methods available. You dentist would help prescribe for you the best method to use. The discoloration on an individual’s teeth usually determines the method, period and amount of the whitening product to be used.