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The Various Methods for Teeth Whitening

The Various Methods for Teeth Whitening

There are several methods that you can try in order to whiten your teeth. We will be discussing some of these in this post. Let’s have a look!

Teeth Whitening Toothpaste

Such toothpastes are only limited to removing any surface stains off of the teeth. They make use of special abrasives along with added chemical agents for polishing which ad in stain removal. Since the abrasives being used are only finer versions of those being used in average toothpastes, they don’t lead to excessive wear in the teeth. Nevertheless, since whitening toothpastes don’t have bleach, they only tend to make the teeth roughly a shade lighter.

Professional Whitening Products

Whitening products which are available over the counter tend to produce a bit more noticeable outputs since they consist of carbamide peroxide or hydrogen peroxide which assists in lightening the color inside the teeth.

You can find peroxide-based whitening gels which you can directly apply to the surface of the teeth using a brush. They typically require being applied twice every day for as long as 14 days. Initial results can be seen inside a few days, and the whitening lasts for nearly 4 months.

On the contrary, whitening strips are also available. These are thin strips which have a peroxide-based gel coating. You need to apply these strips for half an hour twice every day for as long as 14 days. As far as the results are concerned, they are roughly the same as with whitening gels.

Whitening Rinses

The whitening rinses (mouthwashes) help in freshening your breath and reducing gum disease as well as dental plaque. On top of that, they include ingredients such as hydrogen peroxide which can whiten the teeth. You are supposed to swish them around in the mouth for about a minute twice every day prior to brushing your teeth. According to many, rinses aren’t as effective as other whitening products since they don’t remain in contact with your teeth for too long. The results of whitening rinses might take as long as 12 weeks to show.

In-Office Bleaching

In-office whitening is perhaps the fastest method for teeth whitening. While you might find it a bit more expensive as compared to the other options, this method produces the best outcomes. They provide you an overall better sense as to how effective your treatment is going to be. In-office bleaching usually involves the application of whitening product directly to your teeth, which is then combined with heat, a laser (in some cases), as well as a special light. The light activated process for whitening at your dentist’s office makes the teeth 3 to 8 shades lighter. Dramatic results can be observed inside 30 to 60 minutes. But of course, you do need several appointments to make the results last.