Of all the dental cosmetic procedures, teeth whitening is the most popular. This is a procedure that both women and men are interested in and know that they can easily and quickly enhance their smile. This is because teeth whitening treatments easily fit their budget, temperament and time frame. Teeth whitening can also be done in so many ways. The procedure can be in a dentist’s office or home using teeth whitening kits available both by the dentist and OTC. There are lots of teeth whitening products to choose from too. However, despite the availability of such products and options to take, only 15% of people tried this cosmetic procedure. Misinformation is too widespread for people to really feel confident about it. You should know though that both procedures, at home or in the dentist’s office, long or short, work. The thing is that, the result do vary from slight to extensive improvement in whiteness or brightness of your teeth depending on which type and what strength the product has. And its result is not permanent no matter whichever procedure you choose that you will need to have maintenance to prolong its substantial effect.
Whitening and bleaching the teeth are not really the same in practice. While both procedures can whiten the teeth, bleaching, as defined by the FDA, is used to whiten the teeth by applying products containing hydrogen or carbamide peroxide on the teeth with results of whitening beyond the original natural shade of your teeth and whitening is used to remove stains on the tooth’s surface from consuming food and beverages causing the teeth to discolor. The term “tooth whitening” is used for both procedure, bleaching to whiten the teeth and plain whitening to clean teeth’s surface (like toothpaste), because it sounds nicer than bleaching.
There are many dental teeth whitening to date that are available these days to satisfy ones cosmetic wants and they are as follows.
In-office whitening is very effective because dentist use a powerful concentration of hydrogen peroxide. The hydrogen peroxide used may range from 10-40 %. The take home teeth whitening on the other hand have carbamide peroxide that is why its effect is slower as it only has about one third of hydrogen peroxide strength. So a 15% cabomide peroxide is equivalent to 5% hydrogen peroxide. Carbamide are use for take home kits because you will be doing this by yourself whereas if a dentist will administer your teeth whitening, he or she can protect your gums from the peroxide substance that can irritate your gums tremendously.
There are risks in going through teeth whitening although these are quite temporary. However, it bodes to know well just what they are: teeth sensitivity, gum irritation and multicolor teeth.
In Closing: Before you go through any whitening procedure, you need to understand that the teeth whitening effect is never permanent and that no matter how you bleach your teeth, you will never have that super, ultra, white teeth you see being advertised with a one-time treatment, because there are many factors involved. It also takes time, about two weeks, to see a result and this procedure won’t be able to whiten your veneers or other cosmetic bonding. And remember, if you are pregnant or lactating, you shouldn’t use any bleaching products. By: Ladan Zinati