Having a set of sparkling white teeth is a growing concern for people across the world. Gone are the times when simple brushing and professional cleaning sufficed, whitening has now become one of the most popular cosmetic procedures for men and women. Americans in particular, spend approximately $1.4 billion per year on teeth whitening products. Professional tooth whitening procedures have also been on the rise in the U.S. and elsewhere.
You may have several questions about professional and home-based treatments, or the different types of whitening methods. The most common methods for pearly whites currently are teeth whitening strips, trays and LED treatments. Below we will explain the different types of products and procedures, so you can decide what might work best for you.
This over-the-counter method has become increasingly popular due to its low cost and easy application. It contains varying levels of hydrogen peroxide on one side of each strip, so the higher the concentration, the more rapid your results. Simply peel back the strip and position them over your teeth. The hydrogen peroxide infused gel in them will be in direct contact with your teeth. You can purchase these strips at drug stores and supermarkets for around $25-$45.
Be advised that whitening strips are known to cause tooth sensitivity and gum irritation if used too often over an extended time. It will also require more applications than in-office procedures to get the desired result. This is because the whitening agent concentration is lower in home-based products. Always try and opt for strips that are approved by the American Dental Association (ADA).
Light Emitting Diode (LED) tooth whitening systems are some of the most innovative methods of whitening. As an in-office procedure, a dentist will first design a customized tray for your teeth. The tray will contain a bleaching gel, which is then is fitted over the teeth. The dentist then exposes your teeth to the LED light for about 15-20 minutes.
You may experience a bit of tooth sensitivity during or afterwards but this should disappear within one-three days. LED treatments are ideal, as long-term tooth sensitivity is omitted as well as gum irritation that can occur with other methods. The powerful blue light produced by the LED, reduces the amount of time the hydrogen peroxide stays in direct contact with your teeth. The whitening usually last between three-six months, and may require additional treatments to achieve desired whiteness.
Teeth whitening trays can be used as a home whitening system, or as a dentist-supervised procedure. Most of the disposable drug-store trays are pre-filled, one-size-fits-all molds with a peroxide-infused whitening gel and have longer wear times than whitening strips. However, the active ingredients in over-the-counter trays are not as strong as those prescribed through your dentist.
The trays at the dentist’s office are custom designed for your mouth. Your dentist will take impressions of your upper and lower teeth and make a mold. He or she will then create a plastic tray that comfortably fits your teeth and gums. One of the advantages of custom-made teeth whitening trays is that the tray covers and remains in contact with each tooth without discomfort, this ensures a brighter result. Your dentist will send you home with proper instructions for how long to wear your device and other precautions. You will then have to make follow up visits to your dentist.
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