There are many teeth whitening treatments. Let Aqua Dental help you find out which one is the best for you.
Using a whitening toothpaste works in the long run and doesn’t demand much change in your lifestyle.
Over-the-Counter Whitening Strips and Gels
These are one of the cost-effective products and does your job faster. Just apply the strip, remove after 30 minutes and you are good to go.
This is one of the newer products. You need to rinse your mouth with whitening rinses and you are done. Your whitened teeth are a rinse away.
Tray-Based Tooth Whiteners
These are supposed to be bought after a dentists recommendation. You will need to put a tray in your mouth overnight in order to see results. This process takes around 4 weeks to whiten your teeth.
It is a new way of teeth whitening. Laser, heat, and lotion are involved in this process. It takes around 30 minutes to complete. In order to achieve the best results, it requires several appointments for in-office whitening.
How Long Do Whitening Effects Last?
It completely depends on person to person. Although, it is never permanent. It depends on the care one takes on their new version of teeth. Also, it depends on where did you get your teeth whitened.
At Home vs. Dentist Supervised
Home remedies are of course not as effective as dentist supervised one. Here are the points of difference.
Strength of bleaching agent.
At-home products contain a lower amount of bleaching agent than the ones that dentists have. Dentists have 15-40% of hydrogen peroxide in their products while at-home products will have 3% of hydrogen peroxide equivalent content.
Dentists will make a personalized mouthpiece tray for your mouth while the at-home remedy will be a ready-made one. A custom made mouthpiece would reduce the gel’s contact with your gums.
Additional protective measures
A dentist will use gel or a rubber shield to protect your gums. These things are not available otherwise.
Supervised vs. unsupervised process.
A dentist is trained and has expertise in the field. His supervision is more than helpful in order to have flawless treatment.
Should You Whiten Your Teeth?
Yes. It is totally safe. But teeth whitening is not recommended if you are under 16, pregnant, have sensitive teeth or allergies. We would advise you to give a visit to your dentist first and take his views on the same.
Risks Associated With Whitening
There are two major risks involved in teeth whitening: 1) Tooth sensitivity 2) Mild irritation on the soft tissues. Both of these risks are temporary and can be cured easily.
Whitening Product Safety
Over the counter bleaching products are not recommended as they are considered unsafe. Always consider consulting a dentist for teeth whitening.
Choosing an Over-the-Counter Whitening Kit
Still, if you choose to buy an over the counter whitening kit, go for the one that can be customized. Read the online reviews and research about the product as much as you can.