In recent years the popularity of teeth whitening has increased considerably. This rise in popularity has seen an increase in concerns regarding the effectiveness and safety of teeth whitening. There are several options available to whiten stained or discoloured teeth. These are:
- Professional whitening performed by your Dentist,
- Professional at-home whitening kits dispensed by your Dentist,
- Over the counter, at-home whitening kits.
In this article we are going to explain each method, and what to expect from the procedure.
Professional Whitening Performed by your Dentist
In-office teeth whitening is probably the most effective way to whiten your teeth. The benefit of in-office whitening is the procedure is handled by and experienced Dentist, who can ensure the safety of your teeth and gums. In addition, your teeth can be up to 8 shades whiter in one 45-minute session.
The process is relatively simple. The Dentist will prepare your mouth and apply a layer of advanced whitening gel to your teeth. A blue LED lamp will be used on your teeth to speed up the whitening process. The lamp has variable settings to ensure the patients level of comfort is maintained. This process is repeated three times and the treatment is complete in 45 minutes.
After the treatment is complete, your Dentist will apply a post-treatment gel that will protect the enamel on your teeth and decrease sensitivity.
People usually opt for professional teeth whitening because it provides a guaranteed outcome, without the risks and complications of over the counter kits. In addition, the Dentist will handle the entire procedure. You will not have to worry about damaging your teeth.
Professional at-home whitening kits dispensed by your Dentist
Another popular method of teeth whitening are professional kits prescribed by your Dentist. These kits are perfect for people who want a whiter smile from the comfort of their own home. Professional at-home whitening kits are an affordable option which offer little to no sensitivity.
To ensure the procedure is safe and effective, you will begin with an initial consultation with your Dentist. During the consultation, the Dentist will prescribe the most appropriate whitening kit for your teeth. The Dentist will create a customised mouth tray that perfectly fits your teeth and gums. You will learn how to properly whiten your teeth at home, and how to ensure the best results without any damage.
The method of whitening is very easy, simply place a pea size of tooth whitening gel into each mouth tray and place it in your mouth for the prescribed amount of time. Then simply clean the mouth tray and brush your teeth after you’ve finished. With our take home whitening kits, your teeth can be up to 6 shades whiter in 2 weeks.
Over the counter Teeth Whitening Kits
Over-the-counter teeth whitening products have been sold as a low-cost alternative to professional whitening products. There are a variety of products available at supermarkets and online stores claiming to whiten your teeth. The issue with many over the counter teeth whitening products, is the lack of clinical evidence regarding the safety and effective of the products. In many cases, the studies have been supported by the manufacture. There are several online reviews from people who have had negative experiences whitening their teeth with over the counter kits. Some people suffer from extreme sensitivity and gum damage after the procedure is complete. Others experience temporary results which only last a few month. And in worst case scenarios, teeth can have an uneven, blotchy finish causing the patient extreme distress.
Generally, over-the-counter whitening products act as removal agents for superficial stains. They have low levels of hydrogen peroxide which does have some whitening effect, these effects usually only last for the short term.
If you’re considering whitening your teeth, we would highly recommend a method administered by a qualified Dentist. Whether it be an professional in-office treatment or professional at-home kit, these methods ensure the best results in the long term. The method you choose would be based on your desire results. It is always best to discuss your options with your Dentist.