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Smile – Your Guide to Teeth Whitening

To have or not to have… White teeth, that is. There are a lucky few people walking around with perfectly pearly whites, while the rest of us may feel compelled to look for help in that area. If you’re wondering what the best teeth whitening options are, there are a few factors to consider while making your decision: The existing color of your teeth, how sensitive your teeth are, what previous dental work you have had, what type of procedure you would prefer and how much money you’re willing to spend.

You should be prepared for varying degrees of effectiveness based on the color of your teeth. If your teeth are yellow, its most likely that they’ll whiten well and will respond to whatever treatment you decide. If your teeth are brownish, they may not whiten as well as yellower teeth. Grayish teeth may be affected by the treatment you choose even less than brownish teeth. Also, remember that any dental fixtures, like fillings or bonding, will stand out from your new white color. You may either opt for other dental procedures like veneers if the fixtures are in the front of your mouth, or you may ask the technician whitening your teeth to match the color of your dental work and take the chance (more on that later).

If your teeth are very sensitive, you may try starting out with teeth whitening gum products and a teeth whitening toothpaste to see if you feel any sensitivity or discomfort. If you can’t handle a whitening toothpaste, then you may need to forego any stronger teeth whitening treatments and stick to a whitening toothpaste and mouth rinse with fluoride, made for sensitive teeth and gums. You can also opt for laser teeth whitening, a recommended procedure for sensitive gums and teeth.

If the toothpaste test feels neutral to you, then you have the option of choosing an at-home or in-office bleaching. At-home bleaching options have greatly improved in recent years. There are several kinds of whitening strips and gels available over the counter. Crest Whitestrips, for example, come in a variety of strengths and types of whitening for your convenience. The strips have a pre-coated gel which adheres to your teeth, and typically must be left on for 5-20 minutes once or twice a day for 7-14 days, depending on the strength. Whitening strips temporarily whiten your teeth with non-harmful amounts of hydrogen peroxide that lightly penetrate the tooth enamel. These strips typically start at $15-20.

You may also purchase a gel and mouth guard combination for longer-lasting effects, either at the pharmacy or from your dentist or teeth-whitening technician. The gels contain a low percentage of carbamide peroxide in 10%, 16% or 22%, which literally bleach your tooth enamel. Any irritation or sensitivity is best avoided by obtaining a custom-fitted mouth guard from a whitening technician or dentist, so that the gel doesn’t come into contact with soft tissues. These types of peroxide-bleaching treatments usually are meant to be applied for several hours daily for a few weeks up to a few months. When obtained from a dentist or technician, these systems can cost anywhere from $150-$300 per “arch,” or, set of upper or lower teeth.

Lastly, you can opt for a laser teeth whitening treatment, which can vary in price from $300-$2,000 per treatment. Costs vary greatly depending upon the area you live in and how much competition there is, and how many shades of white you’d like to go. The process involves a protective gel being applied to your gums and a peroxide gel applied to your teeth. A laser is then directed at your teeth for 30 minutes to an hour. The benefits of laser teeth whitening are that you’ll see the effects of the laser in one hour instead of having to wait several weeks or months. Also, as I mentioned before, this is a great treatment for those with sensitive teeth, though expensive.

Whichever route you choose to get whiter, brighter teeth, it’s always important to be realistic about your choices and what you’re able to afford. Thankfully, teeth whitening treatments are increasing in variety but decreasing in cost over time, as so many of us seek a gorgeous smile but refuse to pay exorbitant prices for one. So smile on, Reader- the perfect teeth-whitening option is out there just for you.

Source by Melia Pavloff

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What Are the Benefits of Blue Light Teeth Whitening and How Does it Work?

If you have even wondered what blue light teeth whitening is or does, then you are not alone. The blue light that a dentist uses when you have your teeth whitened professionally is an effective accelerator for the chemical reactions that occurs during the whitening process.

The blue light that is used will illuminate the whitening gel that has been applied to your teeth by the dentist. This is not a normal light though; it is in fact an ultraviolet light or better known as a UV light. The UV light accelerates the chemical reaction causing the whitening gel to act much faster. Dentists use this method to speed up the time of appointments, which makes perfect sense financially.

Using blue light teeth whitening techniques are completely safe and a common procedure. UV light on your teeth is completely harmless, but it can be a real danger to your skin. This is evident in all the medical studies relating to sunburn and skin cancer and the reason we cover up in the sun.

You do not necessarily need to go to a dentist to get your teeth whitened though as you can now get these gels from your local health shop, chemist or online. Sun bed shops are now taking advantage of this productive market by providing gels and teeth trays within their shops. The UV lights that are used to tan your skin will also speed up the whitening process, which is a win-win situation for the sun bed owners.

You can now get blue light teeth whitening kits that come with a special UV light to speed up the whitening process, and you can do this from your own home. The price of these kits do vary somewhat, so you will need to do some homework if you choose to go down this route. The outcome of at home teeth whitening treatments is not solely reliant on using a blue light though, as the treatment will work, but will just take longer.

It really comes down to how much time you have to spare as to whether you use a blue light teeth whitening method or a treatment without. The results will be the same, but just over a shorter period with a blue light. The end result will be that you will still get that bright smile you were after.

Source by Jamie Moriea

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Top 9 Teeth Whitening Myths Busted and Common Questions Answered

Myth 1 – Teeth Whitening ruins your tooth enamel

Not generally true! Professional Teeth Whitening product suppliers mostly use Hydrogen Peroxide or Carbamide Peroxide as the active ingredients in their tooth whitener gels. The chemical Hydrogen Peroxide (HO) is a bleaching agent which converts into water (HO) and releases an Oxygen molecule (O) in the process of the chemical reaction. Both Water and Oxygen are common, safe components of our everyday lives.

The Oxygen particles penetrate the rough surface of your tooth (even though they appear smooth, they are microscopically rough, rod like crystal structures) and dislodge staining particles. I like to explain this by imagining the TV commercials which show how a clothes washing powder with oxygen lifts stains from your clothing.

The “bleach” Hydrogen Peroxide is not the same as household bleach containing ammonia, or other low-end, acid based tooth whitening products, and can be swallowed, within limits. In fact our own bodies produce Hydrogen Peroxide naturally!

Acidic products can remove enamel from your teeth. Look for teeth whitening products using Hydrogen Peroxide which is pH balanced, meaning they have no, or low acidity levels. Putting acidity into perspective, you should be aware that everyday Orange Juice is shown in lab studies to soften (and potentially erode) tooth enamel by many times more than a professional hydrogen peroxide based tooth whitening gel could, if used correctly.

Myth 2 – Teeth Whitening is not Safe

Not true! Cosmetic Teeth Bleaching with Hydrogen Peroxide has been in use for 100 years. Most recognized dental bodies worldwide endorse tooth bleaching as a generally safe practice, when simple safety steps are followed. Any professional supplier of teeth whitening products will include adequate instructions for the safe use of their product.

Safety vs Risk with tooth whitening is generally centred on 2 main issues: Exposure of the gel to the gums and soft tissue of the mouth or lips, and tooth sensitivity. Both can be minimized by using professional products and minimizing the amount of time the bleaching gel is exposed to the gums or teeth.

As with any cosmetic procedure, there are potential risks. Thankfully with professional teeth whitening any side effects experienced are temporary and are not permanent. As with most cosmetic procedures, you may have to endure some discomfort to look better. Sometimes I call this “Vain Pain”.

Myth 3 – All whitening Gel is the same

Not true! Of the two major professional gel options, there is Carbamide Peroxide and Hydrogen Peroxide. Both produce the same active ingredient Hydrogen Peroxide, but Carbamide Peroxide acts SLOWER on the teeth and is recommended for use only with an Accelerator Light (I will talk about that later) or for overnight use. Carbamide Peroxide concentrations contains roughly 1/3 of the active ingredient, Hydrogen Peroxide. As an example, 35% Carbamide Peroxide is roughly equal to 12% Hydrogen Peroxide.

Because Hydrogen Peroxide is an unstable chemical which reacts immediately, it is more expensive to produce. Many vendors offer only Carbamide Peroxide based products as a result. Stabilized Hydrogen Peroxide, while the most difficult and expensive to produce, reacts immediately on contact with the teeth and is best suited for short duration tooth whitening treatments without an accelerator light.

Myth 4 – Teeth Whitening Accelerator Lights don’t work

Not generally true! Except in some cases. There are businesses who sell only take home teeth whitening kits, and some Dentists, who say that the LED Lights and other accelerator lights are just a gimmick and don’t work.

There have been many studies conducted which show that the use of a professional accelerator light does indeed accelerate the oxidization (the release of oxygen and chemical bleaching reaction) of tooth whitener gel. This is especially true with Carbamide Peroxide based whitening gels which react much slower chemically.

Ask yourself, how many Dentists and Cosmetic Dentistry businesses offer an “in-office”, “chairside”, “instant whitening” or “Power Whitening” treatment? Many of them! Now why would they offer this treatment if the accelerator lights did not work? From my own professional experience, there is no doubt that the professional quality Blue LED Accelerator lights enable a faster tooth whitening result when using Carbamide Peroxide gel. In our own studies and observations having worked with thousands of clients and compared the results with the same gel, over the same time period, with and without the LED Accelerator Lamp, we are sure there is a noticeable improvement with the light under these conditions.

But, not all Accelerator Lights are the same. Some Dentists use older technology lamps such as Plasma, UV and other technologies. These technologies function at a light spectrum which is known to cause heating or burning of the skin tissue and heating of the tooth surface to release the oxygen in the gel, unfortunately that can also mean UV damage to your mouth, gums and lips. There are also mini handheld LED Lights you often see in TV Commercials – these are only toys and do not have enough power to have any effect.

Another case of where an accelerator light doesn’t work well is if the provider uses a mouth tray to hold the gel against the teeth, and this tray is coloured, is a “Silicone Impression” tray, or is a Pre-Filled Foam tray. These types of mouthguard trays do not allow the light frequency to pass through them and there are no accelerated bleaching effects as a result.

Modern, professional teeth whitening accelerator lamps all use LED light in the blue light spectrum, at a specific frequency which excites the oxygen release from the chemical, and accelerates the tooth whitening process. They are often known as “Cool LED” or “cold” light accelerators because they do not heat the teeth or surrounding tissue. As a result, they are perfectly safe, and the technology is FDA Apparoved.

Myth 5 – You need to go to a Dentist to get professional whitening results

Not true! Today, you can buy in Australia, professional strength tooth whitening products which you can use at home or as a service with a professional accelerator light and assistance – and not just from the Dentist.

Dentists are exclusively allowed to use the VERY STRONG bleaching gels, over 16% Hydrogen Peroxide, and up to 35% Hydrogen Peroxide. At these strengths of whitening gel, the real risks are tooth sensitivity and gum trauma. Dentists therefore use a special gum barrier which they apply to your gums prior to applying the strong gels. A Dentist will usually get a better whitening result in the same amount of time as a non-dental treatment, but there are costs to consider, both financially and in increased tooth sensitivity when using the stronger Dentist-only treatments.

For many years the Dentist’s had the cosmetic teeth whitening market monopolized because professional teeth whitening technology was too expensive for anyone else. Today, the price and availability of professional tooth whitening products means you have many more choices and options.

Myth 6 – Teeth Bleaching Gels from anywhere other than USA, Australia or UK are unsafe

Not true! First of all, in this modern world, you may not even know it but products appearing to be manufactured by a good American or Australian brand are most likely actually manufactured in China. This is true with all types of products and technology worldwide, due to simple economics.

There are many brands of teeth whitening products available in the market. You don’t need to be concerned where they were manufactured, because it makes NO DIFFERENCE. The active chemical, Hydrogen Peroxide is the same the world over. Because Hydrogen Peroxide is also used as a disinfectant, bacteria can’t live in this chemical and it will always be safe (ie; germ and bacteria free) to put Hydrogen Peroxide based gel into your mouth regardless of where it came from or how it was manufactured.

If the Hydrogen Peroxide gel is past its use by date or chemically expired, you will know right away, because the gel turns a milky white colour which shows that it is already oxidized and will no longer be effective at whitening your teeth, it won’t cause any harm.

Myth 7 – You need customized Mouthguard trays to get best whitening results

Not true! While Dentists offer custom mouth trays which costs a lot of money, there are also many home whitening kits providing the boil-n-bite thermoshrinking mouthguards which will work equally as well. The totally custom trays may be a little more comfortable to wear, but they need to be, because in general, a Dentist’s at-home teeth whitening kits require you to have the tray in your mouth for long periods of time, over weeks of use. There are non-dentist products which only require short time duration usage, so it doesn’t matter as much if the mouthguard is less comfortable.

The other problem with mouthguards which are too form-fitted is that the gap between the teeth and the surface of the mouthguard is so small, that only the thinnest layer of whitening gel can fit between. The problem with this is less chemical = less whitening result, so you need to use the mouthguard and gel more frequently, over longer periods of time to get a good result.

Myth 8 – All teeth are the same and whitening results should be like the “Hollywood” smile

Unfortunately, some people have unrealistic expectations and can be disappointed with their teeth whitening results. This is not because professional teeth whitening products don’t work, because they ALWAYS WORK to some degree. It’s because they fail to understand that each person’s teeth are unique in mineral composition, which means that tooth bleaching will produce a different result for each person. If your teeth are genetically more yellow than someone else, your results will not be as white, no matter who’s product you use, how many times you try to whiten your teeth, or what the strength of the gel is. And some people have deep staining from antibiotics, tetracycline etc. which can’t be easily removed and may never be fully removed. Also, there are people with genetically grey or blue tinted teeth for which Hydrogen Peroxide bleaching does not work as well as yellow or brown colour tints.

People see the Hollywood Stars on TV and in Movies and believe they can get their teeth bleached to look like the movie stars. Unfortunately, that is not possible. Chemical Teeth Whitening has its limits of effectiveness and will not produce the pure white colour (for most people) you see on Movie Stars. Does that mean that movie stars are just genetically lucky? No, it means that movie stars have often paid many thousands of dollars for Porcelain Veneers to straighten their teeth and make them pure white. Of course you have this option too, if you have the money, but a tooth whitening with Hydrogen Peroxide generally makes a noticeable difference in whiteness and brightness of natural teeth, at a much lower cost than Veneers.

Myth 9 – If I have Caps, Crowns, Veneers or Dentures so I can’t whiten my teeth

Not true! While Hydrogen Peroxide only whitens natural teeth, it also cleans all surfaces, including man-made surfaces of caps, crowns, veneers and dentures. Some dentists say that hydrogen peroxide can weaken the bond of some of these artificial substances, or attack the metal components, but you should check with your Dentist about your specific case before whitening your natural teeth if you are concerned.

It is always better to whiten your natural teeth FIRST if you are going to be getting any caps, crowns etc. fitted. This is because the dentist can then match the colour of the artificial substance to your now whiter, natural teeth, giving an overall whiter smile.

Common Questions and Answers about Teeth Whitening:

Does Whitening Toothpaste work?

The problem here is that there is not a strong enough concentration of any chemical, and it is not concentrated on your teeth long enough to make ANY noticeable difference to the whiteness of your teeth. The only real “whiteness” if you can call it that, which is created by toothpaste is actually the abrasive action of the toothbrush or paste against your tooth enamel. This scratching DOES wear down tooth enamel and also removes large chunks of staining material on the tooth surface, but not the tiny staining particles which make teeth look more yellow. This is the same thing with “Tooth Polishes” which only act like a fine sandpaper to remove tooth enamel while brushing and will cause increased tooth sensitivity with prolonged use tooth enamel thins.

As with the Risk vs Reward argument, while there is significant damage caused to tooth enamel from tooth brushing over time, on balance this is better than the consequences of not cleaning your teeth.

Don’t be fooled by those expensive “whitening toothpastes” – they do not make a noticeable difference to the whiteness of your teeth, they are abrasively removing enamel from your teeth and you’re better off spending your money on something that does work.

Who is suitable for Teeth Whitening?

The generally recommended rules to define people who are suitable for teeth whitening are:

  • Over 16 years of age (due to potential development of the teeth prior to this age, parental consent may be required)
  • Not Pregnant or Lactating (this is an additional safety measure to protect babies, although you would not generally be able to swallow enough Hydrogen Peroxide from a normal teeth whitening treatment to harm your baby)
  • No known allergies to Hydrogen Peroxide. If you have ever developed skin irritation when bleaching your hair with Hydrogen Peroxide, you may be allergic. But if you don’t know you’re allergic, it will become evident in the first few minutes of a teeth whitening treatment, and you can simply stop the treatment. Any side effects, no matter how discomforting will disappear in a few days with no permanent damage.

Aside from these conditions, teeth whitening is not advisable for people with Dental Braces, people with gum disease, open cavities, leaking fillings, recent oral surgery, or other dental conditions. If in doubt, I recommend you visit your Dentist prior to using a professional strength teeth whitening product.

People with grey or blue tint colour to their natural teeth may also not benefit as greatly from teeth whitening using Hydrogen Peroxide, as people with yellow or brown tint colour.

If you have Gingivitis or Periodontal disease, any Hydrogen Peroxide bleach on your gum line will be painful and may produce a small amount of bleeding at the gum line. As a result, I don’t recommend whitening your teeth until these issues are under control with your Dentist. What is interesting however, is that reports have shown that Hydrogen Peroxide can kill the bacteria which causes Gingivitis, possibly preventing further damage.

What are the Risks with Teeth Whitening?

Whitening treatments are generally safe, however, some of the potential complications of these treatments include:

GUM IRRITATION: Whitening gel that comes in contact with gum tissue during the treatment may cause inflammation and/or blanching or whitening of the gums, gum line or inside lips. This is due to inadvertent exposure of small areas of those tissues to the whitening gel. The inflammation and/or whitening of gums is transient, meaning it does not last, and any colour change of the gum tissue will reverse within two hours, usually within 10-30 minutes. Persons with a history of mouth ulcers may develop temporary mouth ulcers which usually disappear within a few days after treatment.

TOOTH SENSITIVITY: Although more common with the in-Office Dentist Treatments using very strong bleaching gels, some people can experience some tooth sensitivity for a period after the whitening treatment. People with existing sensitivity, recently cracked teeth, micro-cracks, open cavities, leaking fillings, or other dental conditions that cause sensitivity may find that those conditions increase or prolong tooth sensitivity after a cosmetic teeth whitening treatment.

SPOTS OR STREAKS: Some people may develop white spots or streaks on their teeth due to calcium deposits that naturally occur in teeth. These usually diminish within 24 hours.

RELAPSE: After a cosmetic teeth whitening treatment, it is natural for teeth colour to regress somewhat over time. This is natural and should be very gradual, but it can be accelerated by exposing your teeth to various staining agents, such as coffee, tea, tobacco, red wine, etc. You should not eat or drink anything except water during the first 60 minutes after a teeth whitening treatment, and avoid tooth staining agents for 24 hours after (eat and drink white or clear coloured foods during this time).The results of a Hydrogen Peroxide based tooth bleaching treatment are not intended to be permanent, and can last up to 2 years when using professional strength treatments. Secondary, repeat, or touch-up treatments may be needed to achieve or maintain the colour you desire for your teeth.

How do I achieve best teeth whitening results?

Before answering this question, you should be thinking of the tooth whitening results from a single treatment, as a trade-off against the potential side-effects of a single treatment. The best answer is balance! Balance the potential results with the potential risk of side-effects. The highest concentrations of Hydrogen Peroxide produce the best results in the shortest time, but also have the highest potential side-effects. My recommendation is middle of the road – not the strongest, and not the weakest to get a happy balance of results and risk.

Before you undertake a professional teeth whitening treatment, have your teeth cleaned professionally. At least in the smile area, which is the upper and lower 8-10 front teeth. REMEMBER, teeth are opaque so cleaning the BACK of the teeth is very important to the overall whitening results you will achieve. A Dental Cleaning will remove any excess materials stuck to the outside of your teeth and permit the Hydrogen Peroxide to work best at bleaching your natural teeth, evenly.

Use a professional strength teeth whitening gel. Many Pharmacies, TV Ads and Internet companies promote teeth whitening products which use 3% or 6% Hydrogen Peroxide concentration. These just don’t work well at whitening teeth, and any effect they have takes a LONG time to achieve. The comparative cost difference is not that great between these low-end products and products of professional strength, but the time and effort required is. I recommend 12% Hydrogen Peroxide if available in your area, unless you are using a whitening treatment with a professional accelerator light which can use 35% Carbamide Peroxide. Of course the Dentist in-Office power whitening treatments generally use gel much stronger than 12%, but beware of the potential side effects.

Remember, if your teeth aren’t as white as you would like after the first treatment, you can always allow some time to monitor your gums and teeth for any side-effects, then take an additional treatment(s). Provided the product you are using is not too expensive, this is the best and safest way to achieve optimal teeth whitening results.

How long does Teeth Whitening last?

This depends on the product you use to whiten your teeth, and the lifestyle you lead.

If you are a smoker, or regularly drink red wine or use any other heavily coloured substances regularly, your whiter teeth will become stained again more quickly.

There is no absolute answer to this question, but in general, if you use a professional teeth whitening product for the full treatment as recommended, you may be able to keep the whiter teeth for up to 2 years if you are conscious of what you eat and drink, and maintain your teeth and oral health properly.

Most people are not saints and lead lives where they enjoy red wine or a curry etc. That’s fine, but if you want to keep your whiter teeth you should brush them 60 minutes after you have consumed the food or drink. Research suggests you should not brush immediately after eating because the acid formed in your mouth when eating makes the tooth enamel softer and abrasive brushing of the teeth during this period can be detrimental.

I also recommend the use of Teeth Whitening Pens. They apply a thin layer of Hydrogen Peroxide to the teeth, at any time or place, and will bleach any staining close to the tooth surface (if the concentration is strong enough). Whitening Pens active ingredient only works for 30 to 60 seconds on the teeth because saliva washes it away, so choose a Whitening Pen which uses Hydrogen Peroxide (not Carbamide) and is professional strength gel. Whitening Pens are generally not suitable for removing deeper stains.

I have tooth sensitivity problems, can I still whiten my teeth?

Yes, and you have several options. You could use a desensitizing tooth paste for approximately 1 month prior to whitening your teeth and if sensitivity is reduced, you can use any product. But be aware that your sensitivity will likely increase again during or after the treatment, so I suggest choosing a mid strength whitening gel where you can remove it quickly if discomfort gets unbearable.

The other option is a low strength whitening gel. This will work over a longer period of time, but sometimes also increases sensitivity because of the amount of time required on the teeth to get a good result.

Probably the best option, in my opinion, is a Teeth Whitening Pen of at least 12% Hydrogen Peroxide concentration. Because you can paint the gel onto specific teeth and because the gel is washed away by saliva in less than a minute, this may produce the best results, with the least discomfort.

What should I do immediately after I whiten my teeth?

  • Rinse the gel from your teeth and mouth without swallowing.
  • Brush your teeth within 60 minutes using a tooth paste containing Fluoride to help seal the teeth
  • Don’t eat or drink colored foods, or smoke for at least 60 minutes
  • If you have tooth sensitivity, use a desensitizing tooth paste
  • If you have tingling in your gums, purchase from the Pharmacy a preparation designed to soothe gums. This will help to prevent mouth ulcers forming (if you are predisposed) and decrease the discomfort and duration of any potential gum irritation.

The simple rule to the best Teeth Whitening results

Concentration of Hydrogen Peroxide (Strength) + Time on the teeth (Time) = Results (Effectiveness)

When factoring in Time, you should also consider the consequences of time:

  • More effort, meaning you may not complete the full treatment
  • More inconvenience
  • Enough active ingredient to chemically react over that time period. That is to say, just leaving any whitening gel on your teeth for 24 consecutive hours won’t help because the Hydrogen Peroxide normally is fully reacted and spent within 20 minutes.
  • Longer exposure of the mouthguard to the gums. Friction of the mouthguard can often cause gum irritation
  • Longer exposure of the bleaching gel to the gums. Once again, the risk of gum irritation.
  • Remember, there are limits to the whiteness achievable with natural teeth and these will vary with your tooth genetics, your lifestyle and the state of your teeth at the time of whitening.

More information and Teeth Whitening Product Reviews available by downloading the full report.

Source by Gavin J Harrison

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How to Properly Maintain Your Teeth After a Teeth Whitening Procedure So Your Teeth Stay White

If you have undergone a teeth-whitening procedure, it shows that you place great care on your personal appearance. And if you’ve gone to all the trouble of having your teeth whitened, you obviously wouldn’t want to lose all that whiteness again. You would take all the necessary steps to maintain the whiteness of your teeth. After all, a teeth whitening procedure is a long-term investment that should be maintained. Otherwise, you’d have to invest time and money once more to get your teeth white again.

So how exactly can you maintain your teeth after undergoing a teeth-whitening procedure?

* Rinse your mouth or brush your teeth each and every time you finish taking your meals. Use anti-bacterial mouthwash or toothpaste that has whitening properties. The quickest way to lose the whiteness of your teeth is to leave them stained and discolored by the foods you eat. The longer these foods stay in your mouth, the quicker they’ll affect the color of your teeth.

* Use toothpaste that has teeth whitening properties. Use it regularly (after every meal) and you can be fairly certain that you’ll have white teeth for a long period of time. A toothpaste with whitening properties protects the teeth from getting stained and discolored.

* If you are a heavy caffeine drinker (coffee, soda or tea) and simply cannot get rid of the habit, drink with a straw. The straw will protect your teeth from stain and discoloration because the caffeine will bypass your teeth. Of course, if you can live without caffeine, this would be a much better way as not only will it keep your teeth white, you’ll be much healthier (and you’ll sleep better).

* If at all possible, avoid using lipstick as certain types of lipstick can stain your teeth and cause discoloration.

Treat teeth whitening as an investment. You don’t want to lose it by neglecting to take the necessary care towards maintaining your teeth. How often do you think you can afford to take teeth whitening treatments again and again? Getting a teeth whitening procedure done is akin to buying a new car and failing to maintain it on a regular basis. Unless you take an active role in taking care of your teeth, that teeth-whitening procedure is just going to be a waste of your time and money.

Source by Tim Gorman

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Teeth whitening – the most powerful treatments for teeth whitening

Most people have seen teeth whitening toothpastes and whitening kits in their opinion local pharmacies, but you can not compare to the kind of bleaching done in the office of a dentist. Some teeth whitening treatments administered in the office of a dentist involvement.The abusing high concentration of hydrogen peroxide. These treatments can be administered toilet was in the dentist’s office or at home. The most powerful whitening treatments are laser treatments.

ice Teeth whitening typically a cosmetic procedure It cost $ 100 to $ 650 for regular treatments peroxide. This type of treatment, of course, cost a little more. Before the laser treatment, your dentist will clean your teeth to remove plaque and two other debris that could hinder or complicate the whitening process. Then it will coat your teeth with a whitening gel. The three most powerful types of laundering are Erbium laser treatments, CO2 and diode treatments.

erbium, stains are removed from the tooth surface with laser pulses of erbium. The use of CO2 wavelength energy two hollow remove the tooth surface layer. the diode laser treatments use GsAIAs crystals.

The good laser whitening is that you do not have to literally wait to see the results. The downside is the cost. Since laundering is often considered a cosmetic procedure and not a necessary, like cleanings and fillings, your dental insurance FEB not pay for it. Check first before you commit both having this procedure. Remember also that you can extend the results by taking good care of your teeth, but no treatment whitening lasts forever. If a laser whitening is not in your budget, consider other options, less costly.

Who does not want to have a beautiful, bright white teeth? The most powerful whitening treatments, laser treatments, will give you the “movie star” white teeth you want, but watch your wallet. These treatments are far from cheap.

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How does teeth whitening work?

The teeth whitening process is quick and non-invasive treatment that can improve the appearance of your smile in as little as a treatment fifteen minutes. One of the main treatment teeth whitening components is oxygen timber a powerful agent that can remove stains on teeth in as little as one treatment. Oxygen is used both penetrate the small pores of the tooth and remove stains. Light is used in combi nation with the two oxygenates the spots breaking into smaller pieces and smaller and eventually this will cause stains disappear two -. Causing the appearance of money that can be seen in the results

Typical teeth whitening treatment takes place in the dentist’s office and uses a combi nation whitening gel and two ultraviolet lights improve appearance of teeth up to five shades of white. The whitening gel to accelerate the process and can take wine stains, smoking and years of dental neglect. Many consumers are happy both realize that years of stains can be removed in bleaching treatments as little as two fifteen minute teeth.

Depending on the extent of the spots that are presented on the teeth, it can take from three weeks to six months two two removing stains from teeth. There are two thathave been the most difficult stains to remove teeth – These colors are dark brown and blue gray. Once the spots have reached such magnitude, it may take several cycles of strong teeth whitening treatments two two teeth opinion restore their natural white.

When the teeth whitening treatments are performed correctly, there is no damage that occur with the structure of the gums or teeth. The whole tooth whitening process is completely safe and can demonstrate results that can last from two to three years.

What types of costs are associated with the whitening procedure? The typical coststhat associated with the procedure can range from seventy-five hundred dollars by several two courses of treatment. Each gene treatment lasts for fifteen rally Two Twenty minutes and can increase the appearance of the product almost instantly smile after the first course of treatment has been completed.

teeth whitening procedures are gene rally course and include very few side effects. If there are side effects that occur with treatment, they are often mild rally gene and include; tooth sensitivity, a slight discoloration in places where teeth have responded differently to the bleaching solution or irritation This may occure in the area gum and mouth around which havebeen teeth whitened.

Source by Mary Walker

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Zoom Whitening: it works

Suite is purely an opinion of a general cosmetic dentist in practice in Spokane, Washington. The opinion is not based on research, but on my experience as a dentist, and anecdotal evidence SO require consideration. The following is not to be regarded as personal treatment recommendations. Two make a treatment recommendation, I would need two see you personally in my office.

Zoom teeth whitening can lighten your teeth a number of shades in a very short period of time. Treatment Involve your lips gently retract with plastic spacers, applying a gel on your teeth, a light in your mouth for about 45 minutes (three 15-minute sessions), and simply rinse mouth and teeth.

The effects of a Zoom whitening can apply immediately noticed. The teeth can be lightened several Shades. There are potential drawbacks though.

In my experience, a few weeks after Zoom teeth whitening treatment significantly begin to return two original colors Tre Archi.

In addition, some patients experience increased sensitivity two cold, hot and air on teeth Tre Archi after receiving treatment Zoom teeth whitening. Although this sensitivity is not exclusive two Zoom. All whitening products can potentially lead to increased tooth sensitivity.

Two Maintain a shade of your teeth whiter, regular whitening treatments should be used. There are many whitening products there. Crest the top line of whitening product, does a decent job for a product over-the-counter bleaching. I saw many suchlike product on the shelves here in Spokane.

Your dentist will make the most effective whitening products. There are multiple Concentration (RT) bleaches, generally between 10 and 33% concentration. The higher the concentration, the best feature of the results, but also, the likelihood of post-bleaching sensitivity. A concentration of poor strength, around 23% in February to ask a good product for the general population that this time.

Your dentist you make custom trays for Feb. your teeth and just provide whitening product as well. I read some research papers on the topic, and one hour processing time, both seem to sacrifice a good balance between quick results and less development of post-treatment sensitivity.

In summary, Zoom whitening seems to be an excellent product for fast results with limited sensitivity. So if you have a wedding photos in a few days or a high school reunion, Zoom whitening April 1 excellent treatment for you. If you are looking for a long-term results, you want to watch in February Crest top of the line whitening product or consult your dentist.

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Side effects of teeth whitening – Why your teeth hurt after whitening and how to avoid

teeth million people worldwide had bleached Tre Archi. Most do not experience two significant disadvantages fairly deterministic themselve again laundering. Teeth whitening has become one of mostcommon procedures executed in modern dentistry. However, as with any medical procedure, there may be side effects. Most are minor, but the abusive use of counter-counter whitening products such as peroxide gels can cause tenderness, pain and even chemical burns.

What are the side effects of teeth whitening?

The main side effect of whitening teeth ice increased tooth sensitivity. It is usually known disadvantage of the dental bleaching with peroxide. This meansthat you experience some discomfort whenyour teeth are exposed two extreme temperatures equal when you eat ice cream or hot soup. Fortunately, this is temporary and will stop some time after the end of your course of treatment with the whitening gel. Toothpastes that include improved bleaching peroxide does not use sufficiently high concentration of peroxide second cause this side effect in mostpeople.

Gum irritation is another side effect mostcommon laundering. This is due to get the powerful chemicals used in bleaching gels in contact with your gums. Most professional teeth whitening treatments at a dentist’s office use Custom with two trays hold the whitening gel in contact withyour teeth, keeping away from your gums. Since the home whitening products use a one size fits all trays, you can easily expose your gums to bleach by filling the tray with too much gel. Follow the instructions of the whitening gel you buy exactly as they are written and do not apply more than a little tear size on set amount. This will help you avoid irritating your gums.

Less common side effects and easily avoided teeth whitening gels include irritation of the stomach and nausea swallowing the gel. Limit the bed you use and simply avoid eating and drinking while whitening will preventseverybody this. Unfortunately, tooth sensitivity is a little more difficult to avoid for people sensitive to it two.

Why Teeth Whitening lead to increased tooth sensitivity?

whitening gels using two peroxide whiten the enamel of your teeth can also open the pores in the structure of your teeth, exposing the inner layer of dentin to your food and beverages. Dentin consists of tiny tubes called tubules, and peroxide causes a slender opens These tubes. This is what Expose the nerve root of your teeth two influences of the outside temperature. Even cold winter air can cause tenderness if you have this side effect. The pain will pass as the nerve of the tooth and the hot or cold dentin toward the body temperature, but the discomfort can be a great inconvenience to date.

If you know that you suffer from sensitive teeth alreadytakenusername, use a good two restorative toothpaste improving the structure of your teeth and sensitivity reducenoise before starting any whitening treatment at home. Consider the excessive use of a bleaching gel with a reduced concentration of peroxide both try to avoid the side effect of sensitivity altogether, but know it will require more than two sessions whiten your teeth.

Once you got the results you wanted bleaching both reach and you stop using the whitening gel, increased sensitivity decreases and eventually stop. If the tooth increased sensitivity fadeaway not fast enough for you, simply begin abusing a toothpaste containing fluoride and restorative NovaMin This two day decrease your tooth sensitivity. You will be comfortable again both eat and drink what you like without experiencing discomfort. Just keep in mind that you should avoid highly pigmented two foods prevent staining your teeth again, and follow the gel whitening treatment with a good whitening toothpaste two new keepyour, the smile improvement looking great.

Why Teeth Whitening Gum irritation due?

The high concentration of potent chemical found in peroxide teeth whitening products such as gels and strips may cause chemical burns and painful irritation if the peroxide is exposed to the soft tissue of your gums. This ice usually temporary irritation of the gum and stop a few days after stop using the whitening gel. Always follow the directions of all whitening products you buy two treatments effectively whiten your teeth safely and sideeffects contraceptives. Tip Two most important anti gum irritation ice two makesure you only use the gel bed indicated in the guidelines and wipe off any excess that affects your gums. Usually all you willneed is a small tear size amount per tooth.

The trays that are used with whitening gels can irritate the gums all themelves of the city, in the course of counter versions are equipped with individually. The tray can rub against the gums, irritate sensitive tissues. Limit the bed of time you wear the tray can reducenoise this trouble, but it will take more than two sessions whiten your teeth to your desired shade.

Different people have different reactions to different peroxide levels found in the different whitening products. If you are concerned about the side effects of whitening peroxide, I recommend the excessive use whitening strips or gels containing a low concentration of carbamide peroxide to avoid irritation of the gums and teeth. This allowsa you to work your way up to the concentration of peroxide you need to whiten your teeth two to the level you want, without immediately purchase was the strongest available peroxide product, thunderstorms wooden wine case two sideeffects .

How can you avoid these side effects and Still whiten your teeth?

Buy a whitening gel of a well-considered reputable company, preferably one that makes all its products in the United States, as my preferred brand does. Always follow the directions exactly as they are typed, and do not abuse the whitening gel. Remember that adding more gel and overflow the tank will not get whiter teeth than you, but expose your gums two potential chemical burns and irritation! Consider the possibility of excessive use of a low concentration peroxide gel and work your way up to the required concentration both get the shade of white teeth you want. Remember thateven laundering to a dental practice can lead to painful or bothersome side effects such as increased sensitivity. It’s just a byproduct of peroxide It is exceptional, for all methods of both conventional bleach to whiten your teeth.

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Teeth Whitening – 5 fastest Home Teeth Whitening Products

Home teeth whitening products segment experienced a boom in recent years. The ease of use and rapid accessibility are a few reasons responsible for this trend. People waste time no longer want in heavy teeth whitening treatments in- dental office and opened the way for home use kits are easy on the pocket and time saving too. Here are five of the teeth faster home whitening products for you:

1. brush on whitening

This is super fast way to whiten your teeth. Just brush themselve on the teeth, leaving both dry and wash get noticeably whiter teeth. While you do this, be careful to avoid alcohol and glycerin based products to both get the perfect results.

2. Stick on tapes

This is another shot in home teeth whitening segment. The ease of use is a great advantage of these because no preparation is required. Their results are too visible in surprisingly short time intervals.

3. BAC-based products

Mold Able trays with whitening gels are yet another option to save two hours whiten your teeth. This place comp trays are filled as bleach peroxide two whiten teeth. The best part about these is that they provideh dental quality custom results in less time and expense.

4. Oral Rinse

A oxygenating oral rinse is also a great miracle cure for stained teeth. Use it alone or combine two Reinforce other treatment effects, it is sure to deliver amazing results.

5. Home remedies

Both key whiten your teeth could be located inside the pantry confines of your kitchen. Some lime mixed with salt acts as a great teeth whitener chicken rubs against your teeth. This ancient practice age will surely do wonders for you in the privilidge hours possible.

After reading this, you have to be convinced that teeth whitening does not necessarily require a lot of time. So you do not need to haggle withyour busy schedule to make two appointments of the dentist anymore. Just grab a kit and Relax- your job is done.

Source by Sharon M Smith

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