Teeth Whitening Tips: Everything You Need to Know
Teeth whitening is one of the most sought after dental procedures. Almost anyone loves a dazzling white smile. Who wouldn’t want to show off their pearly whites when they are stain-free and aesthetically pleasing?
However, stains come in all forms, and others can be very stubborn and will need professional treatment to remove them.
As dentistry is progressing, there are many options available today that you can choose from if you desire to brighten your smile.
You can whiten your teeth at home or let our dentist have a go and whiten them. In any case, it would be best if you knew the best ways of teeth whitening.
Best Way to Whiten Teeth
Before you go for whitening, you should understand that whitening should be a by-product of proper oral health. It is counterproductive to whiten your teeth, and you have poor oral health. This would mean that you cannot maintain a white smile.
Either way, let’s look at the ways that you can whiten your teeth:
- Whitening Toothpaste
Generally, toothpaste is designed to remove surface stains because they have mild abrasives. Some of the whitening kinds of toothpaste contain chemical agents that aid in stain removal. Generally, toothpaste is designed to remove surface stains because they have mild abrasives. Some of the whitening kinds of toothpaste contain chemical agents that aid in stain removal.
- Whitening Strips and Gels
These are peroxide-based gels which are applied using a small brush directly on your teeth. The instructions on the whitening gel may vary depending on the concentration of peroxide. You need to adhere to the instructions carefully to avoid experiencing undesirable side effects.
You will see the initial results within a couple of days, and the final results will last for about four months.
On the other hand, whitening strips are thin, nearly invisible and are coated with peroxide whitening gel. You will have to follow the instructions on the label for you to apply them. Like the whitening gels, you will notice the initial results within a couple of days and the final results will last for four months.
- Tray-Based Tooth Whiteners
These whitening systems have a mouth-guard like tray, which is filled with a gel whitening solution that has peroxide. You wear the tray for some time, depending on your staining level and your desired level of whitening.
- Professional Whitening
In-office whitening is the quickest and most effective method of teeth whitening. With professional treatment, the bleaching agent is applied directly to your teeth. Typically, the bleaching agents are used in conjunction with a special light, heat or laser. You will see the results within minutes, but you will need several appointments to get more dramatic results.
Best Toothpaste for Teeth Whitening
Compared to the other whitening systems, Teeth whitening toothpaste contains low levels of hydrogen peroxide that aid in bleaching the colour deep in your tooth.
Whitening toothpaste is appropriate for removing surface stains such as those caused by smoking or drinking coffee. They cannot lighten stains that go deeper than the surface. However, excellent whitening toothpaste will have to include the following:
- Special abrasives that polish your teeth
- Peroxide and other chemicals that can break down stains
- Others will contain blue coverine that typically creates an optical illusion that makes your teeth appear a bit whiter
- Has a stamp of approval from a reputable organization like the American Dental Association Seal of Acceptance
Teeth Whitening Pen
These are thin plastic tubes that contain a whitening gel. Teeth whitening pens are small enough to fit in your pocket or purse. They are an efficient method of removing leftover stains on every tooth.
Typically, you will notice the results after the first application. Teeth whitening pens usually contain carbamide peroxide, which is an effective bleaching agent.
It’s a quick and easy method of whitening your teeth.
Best Teeth Whitening Kit
Teeth whitening kits are also excellent ways of whitening your teeth while at home. You can apply o ruse them according to the instructions to attain the shade that you desire.
An excellent whitening kit contains the following:
- The right amount of peroxide since this is the whitening agent
- Many whitening strips
- Customizable mouth trays
- Others will contain LED light
Safest Option for Sensitive Teeth
Generally, all whitening agents contain carbamide or hydrogen peroxide. At times, some people will have tooth sensitivity as a side effect of using whitening agents. Others already have sensitive teeth and desire to continue to bleach their teeth. There is no shortcut but to discuss this with our dentist, who will have to see what is causing your tooth sensitivity.
You might be recommended to use the following:
- Fluoride rinse
- Strong fluoride toothpaste
- Fluoride varnishes
If you have any queries concerning teeth whitening or need to book an appointment, you can call us at Spruce Canyon Family Dentistry, and we would love to revamp your smile.