Teeth whitening is one of the most requested services in the beauty sector yet there continues to be an enormous sum of uncertainty with regards to the subject. Teeth whitening is very profitable, and thus very aggressive, marketplace; which is probably why we have such a difficult time sorting through all the information, or misinformation, out there. This article is intended to offer an overview of teeth whitening, how it works, what to watch for when comparing teeth whitening products and services, and help you determine if teeth whitening is for you. Or perhaps, what type of teeth whitening suits you best.
Variety of Gel: There are basically two types of bleaching gels used in the US. Hydrogen peroxide gel and carbamide peroxide teeth whitening gel. Hydrogen peroxide is the active ingredient; i.e. hydrogen peroxide is the actual compound that bleaches your teeth. Carbamide peroxide has to break down into hydrogen peroxide before it can bleach your teeth. 36% carbamide peroxide is roughly equivalent to 12% hydrogen peroxide.
Gel Concentration: The greater the concentration, the faster and more extraordinary your whitening results will be. However, only a dentist should perform bleaching with high concentrations of hydrogen peroxide (over 35% H2O2) as these gels can harm the soft tissue in your mouth and only a dentist is qualified to protect your soft tissue properly. Any gel can potentially damage your gums if used improperly so be sure your whitening professional is properly qualified or that you meticulously stick to instructions if you are applying the gel by yourself. Also, the more concentrated the gel, the greater the probability of experiencing tooth sensitivity.
Application: The procedure of applying the teeth whitening gel to your teeth can range from having to paint it on yourself while you're sitting in the chair to having trays, that will contain the gel, custom fitted to your teeth. If you are having skilled chair-side whitening, be certain to inquire about who applies the gel and how they will apply it. Remember, only a dentist can put anything in your mouth or on your teeth.
Type of Light: There are three types of lights; LED, plasma arc, and halogen. Of the three, halogen is described by third-party research to be the most effective. Nevertheless, excellent results have been reported employing all three sorts of light. Possibly just as significant is how well the light reaches the surfaces of your teeth.
Time: Laser bleaching treatments are generally provided in packages where you get one, two or three applications in the same sitting. Each treatment lasts approximately 15 minutes. So don't just question how much time it's going to take, ask how many applications you will receive during your appointment. If you are using one of the home teeth whitening kits, the gel is probably carbamide peroxide gel. Carbamide peroxide gel has to break down into hydrogen peroxide to be able to bleach your teeth. It takes 15-20 minutes just for it to start breaking down. That is why home-whitening takes longer.
Shades Whiter: Your teeth brightening professional will compare your teeth before and after with a teeth bleaching guide. Hopefully he or she uses either the Spectrum or the R-20 teeth bleaching guide because those two brands are arranged from darker to whiter. It really depends on your teeth, but you can count on up to 8 shades lighter for laser bleaching and 2-3 shades for home whitening.
Results: How long your benefits will last is somewhat dependent upon how well you care for your teeth after the bleaching treatment. Your results will last longer if you use a follow-up home bleaching system and keep away from things like smoking or drinking coffee, tea, and wine.
Cost: The price you'll have to pay for teeth lightening is highly variable. 1-hr laser whitening can run from $49 to $299 or much more, depending on whether or not a dentist performs the treatment and how many treatments you get. Kits can cost from $29 all the way up to $189 or a lot more. Just be sure you're comparing oranges with oranges. And recall, it is the hydrogen peroxide in the gel that bleaches away the staining on your teeth.