The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry has stated that most people want their smile to be brighter and whiter. Should it be any surprise that professional teeth whitening from at-home whitening treatments have become so popular?
At-home whitening products are expected to exceed $ 7.4 billion by 2024 from the current figure of $ 1.7 billion. Tooth whiteners can cost between $ 15-$ 45 for treatments purchased from supermarkets and drugstores against in-office treatments that cost $ 250.
Many products available in the market are full of artificial ingredients and man-made chemicals. The whiteners and toothpaste contain fragrances, flavors and other ingredients you wouldn’t want in your body. They can also irritate your gums and teeth leaving you with sensitivity to pain in hot and cold temperatures in irritation in the gums. You can consider visiting your dentist for professional treatment but must be prepared to shell out the figure mentioned above and also wait in a queue until you are due for your appointment. Is it possible to overcome these problems in any way?
You may have heard about crest whitening strips and wondered about whether these are effective. Compared to toothpaste these strips work largely because of the whitening chemicals included in the strips. The chemicals are present on two plastic strips that can be placed on your top and bottom teeth and when they are fixed the whitening chemicals find their way into your teeth to remove external stains. You don’t need to make any appointments with the dentist or wait in a queue but simply need to place the strips on your teeth for the recommended amount of time and take them off after that. They are inexpensive and effective. The only issue you may face is with the strips only covering the bottom of the teeth leaving you with a gum line with some stains.
With this treatment, you can use a wet toothbrush and sprinkle it with some food-grade activated charcoal powder and brush your teeth for two minutes. You just need to be careful not to spatter around because it can leave stains behind. Rinse your mouth with water and brush again with regular toothpaste. Surprising as it may sound, activated charcoal can whiten your teeth by absorbing plaque and other staining substances to leave your teeth looking cleaner and brighter.
HiSmile is also offering kits for whitening your teeth that can be used conveniently from your home. Claims have been made by many users that the whitening kit could deliver results in just six days despite being formulated with a peroxide-free whitening ingredient. The whitening kit has received several endorsements from celebrities on popular social media sites and may encourage you to believe this is a better option than visiting your dentist to get a better smile than you already have.
Researching for whitening tips for your teeth over the Internet will expose you to thousands of products that will leave you confused with their claims because every product will be confronting the other with stupendous counter-claims. However, none will provide you any information about the potency of the ingredients used in the whitening kits. Under the circumstances wouldn’t it be better for you to opt for regulated and authentic teeth whitening provided by the dentist?
When you visit your dentist for an in-office cleaning you will receive a treatment handled by a dental hygienist who will confirm with your dentist it is okay to proceed after examining your mouth. The dental hygienist will place a rubber dam over your gums as a protection against any irritation before applying hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide to your teeth. The potency of this ingredient is around 35 percent which is higher than available in any toothpaste or whitening kit.
The dental hygienist may also use ultraviolet light to activate the whitening agent to improve the color of your teeth by several shades in a single sitting. They will also provide you with custom made trays with a peroxide solution to be used at home every day for about 30 minutes. Using this method will allow you to have brighter and brighter teeth or approximately three years. However, you also need to maintain your teeth in good order by brushing and flossing every day and staying away from staining foodstuff and smoking that are harmful to your teeth.