Have you wondered about teeth whitening? How it works? What ingredients are in teeth whitening gels? We’re here to answer those questions!
Teeth whitening is a procedure where choice comes in plenty. If one product doesn’t please you or doesn’t offer the desired results, you can always try another.
Whitening toothpastes lighten your teeth by one shade only, as opposed to light activated gel used by a dentist, which can make your teeth four or five times whiter. They contain abrasives that remove stains. Other whitening toothpastes contain chemical agents that lead to extra stain removal. Whitening toothpastes do not bleach your teeth. Instead, they are super effective for stain removal.
This is the newest whitening product on the market. Its functionality is similar to that of typical mouthwashes. They prevent bad breathe while getting rid of dental plaque. Whitening rinses contain hydrogen peroxide, which is an agent of teeth whitening. Put some of the whitening rinse in your mouth and let it remain there for about a minute. Proceed on with teeth brushing and your teeth will end up looking whiter. They might not be very effective while compared to other whitening substances as they are in contact with your teeth for only a minute or two, and so it may take about three months for you to notice results.
Whitening Strips and Gel
Whitening strips are covered with a layer of hydrogen peroxide whitening gel. You apply the strips twice a day for around thirty minutes. Within a few days, you will start to notice significant changes. Whitening gels contain peroxide and are applied by the help of a small brush directly on your teeth. Different whitening gels contain different levels of peroxide. Therefore you should read and understand the instructions before use to avoid damaging your teeth. While applying the whitening gel, you may refrain from applying it on the rear/inner/bottom part of the tooth because those areas are rarely visible.
This may be a more expensive method, but it’s definitely the quickest one. Results can be seen in half an hour or an hour’s time. In-office whitening involves applying a gel directly to your teeth, along with some heat and light. This is a popular method because of the short time frame to reach desired results.
Tray-based Tooth Whiteners
Trays must be purchased from a dentist. They work by filling the mouth with a custom fitted tray containing whitening gel with hydrogen peroxide. While inserting the trays, we recommend beginning with your rear teeth, as it ensures maximum contact with the front teeth. It also avoids pushing the gel downwards. Once the tray gets into contact with the teeth, make sure you set it in a fixed position. Hydrogen peroxide then bleaches the teeth. Trays should be worn everyday for about a month. This period may vary depending on the shade of whitening you desire and also the amount of discoloration on your teeth.
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