Tips for Choosing a Teeth Whitening System

Saturday, September 20, 2008 12:48
Posted in category Dental

Your preference for a teeth whitening system will determine how quick you can achieve results and how white your teeth can be. But it will be a series of choices before you can get whiter teeth.

You have two basic options for a teeth whitening system:

1) buy commercial teeth whitening products for your at-home use; or

2) seek professional teeth whitening service from a cosmetic dentist.

Whether you opt for an at-home DIY teeth whitening system or go for an in-office procedure, both treatments involve bleaching of your teeth using either hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide.

Hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) is quick to react once released from its suspended phase. When applied, the compound breaks down into water (H2O) and a nascent oxygen anion species that acts on the teeth stains.

On the other hand, carbamide peroxide is hydrogen peroxide with urea added. Urea stabilizes the bleach compound enabling it to be stored longer. However, it also slows down the reaction. In contrast to hydrogen peroxide that immediately acts on the stains, carbamide peroxide needs to stay on the teeth for hours before the oxidation process can begin.

If you wish to try whitening products that are available over-the-counter, check out the whitening strips by Crest or test a tube of peroxide-based toothpaste. If you use these at-home teeth whiteners properly, they can help lighten the color of your teeth although it will take a while before you can see any results.

For a more effective teeth whitening system, you will need to visit the dental office for professional teeth bleaching. Again, you will have to choose because in cosmetic dentistry, there are two approaches to teeth whitening — the tray-based teeth whitening treatments and the laser whitening system.

A tray-based system like the Opalescence kit is essentially an at-home teeth whitening treatment supervised by a dental professional. The dentist takes an impression of your teeth based on which custom fitted trays are made. Then, he will give you the bleaching gel containing carbamide peroxide that you will put on the trays. You wear the trays over the teeth intermittently for a period dependent on the severity of the staining and discoloration.

The other option is an in-office teeth whitening technique that uses a light source to hasten the reaction of hydrogen peroxide. The lips and gums are first isolated to avoid their getting irritated with the chemicals. Then, a special gel formulation is painted on the teeth. The bleaching light is shone on the gel to activate the whitening process. The treatment usually lasts about an hour and the results are very noticeable.

It is best to spend some time studying the different options before deciding which teeth whitening system you will avail of. Try to get as much information as you can about the different teeth whitening systems offered in the market. Read teeth whitening reviews on the effectiveness of Opalescence, Zoom and similar professional teeth whitening treatments. Scan product reviews on strips and toothpastes to see if they can indeed whiten teeth.

Most importantly, pay attention to oral care. Keep your teeth and gums healthy and decide on an effective teeth whitening system. Before long you will be flashing a brighter, whiter smile.

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