Knowing what is best for your teeth is not always easy.While you want your teeth to look you also need to ensure that they stay healthy and that your long-term oral health does not suffer in order to get those pearly whites.
At Baytown gentle dental clinic we give you the materials to apply at home
Increasingly more people are using teeth whitening kits. If used in the right way teeth whitening kits can make your teeth look whiter while at the same time allowing you to look after your overall oral health.
The crucial thing is to always look at the instructions and follow them exactly.
6 percent is considered enough to get the whitening effect while reducing the chances of side effects such as dehydration of the teeth or an increased amount of sensitivity.
Research and experience show that the whitening effect from the treatment usually lasts for years. Teeth may darken faster if exposed again to staining products such as tobacco, coffee or juices. However, the teeth will probably remain significantly lighter than if no treatment had been done. Two to four nights of tooth bleaching performed at six month to four year intervals may be all that is necessary some difficult, darker stains may naturally require longer treatment than some milder stains. Depending on your teeth and type of staining, results vary well.
How to get Teeth Whitening at home
if you’re on a mission to get that perfect Hollywood smile, but can’t quite afford the huge dentist bill of a professional treatment, then a home kit is a great affordable solution.
But with so many on the market it’s hard to work out what you should be looking for and the best aftercare once you’ve got your pearly whites in check.
From special toothbrush kits like Colgate’s Max White toothbrush and pen to natural remedies like coconut oil pulling and using charcoal toothpastes, there are a multitude of options to invest in.
1. Avoid black tea, coffee and red wine
If possible as they are likely to produce surface stain. If you can’t ditch your daily cups of tea or coffee, try to add as much milk as possible as this will reduce staining of the teeth
2. Do not use homemade whitening remedies
Using recipes with ingredients like lemons or strawberries could actually do more harm than good. They will not whiten your teeth and can be very damaging, causing erosion to the enamel of your teeth.
3. Remember the basics
Brush your teeth twice a day, first thing in the morning and last thing at night. An electric toothbrush is best as they reduce plaque and gingivitis more than manual tooth-brushing in the short and long term.
4. Avoid fizzy drinks
Not only are sweet, sugary fizzy drinks very acidic and therefore likely to cause erosion, drinks like Coco-Cola can also stain teeth over time.
5. Choose a toothpaste with hydrogen peroxide
The whitening agent dental professionals use for teeth whitening is called hydrogen peroxide and any toothpastes without this ingredient will just remove surface stain and won’t actually whiten teeth.
6. Use whitening products before you go to bed
Because your saliva glands switch off when you sleep, it’s best to use whitening products at night.
It will mean the product has a better chance of sticking to the teeth and whiten them rather than being washed away by saliva.
How We Chose the Best Teeth Whitening Treatment
Clearly labeled ingredients
For a teeth whitener to be really effective, it needs to contain hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide as an active ingredient. Only whiteners with peroxides can remove both surface stains and deep stains, whereas other products like toothpastes only target surface stains. If we couldn’t confirm these active ingredients, we left those products on the shelf.
Safe and effective peroxide levels
According to the ADA, “It is known that at concentrations of 10% hydrogen peroxide or higher, the chemical is potentially corrosive to mucous membranes or skin, and can cause a burning sensation and tissue damage.”
So we nixed any products that contained more than 10% hydrogen peroxide or 35% carbamide peroxide, but also tossed those that didn’t include any peroxide or relied heavily on ineffective methods (like charcoal or baking soda).
Easy to use
Getting the best results from your teeth whitening treatment also depends on whether you use it consistently — most whiteners require two treatment sessions per day. In that sense, the best teeth whiteners should be comfortable and easy to use so that you are less likely to skip treatments.
We took a deep dive into the differences between strips, gels, pens, and trays to find which whitening methods fit seamlessly into our daily routines. For the most part, choosing a method comes down to personal preference, but all of our testers agreed that trays were out. They were uncomfortable, messy, and used strange-tasting gels.
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