Tooth whitening is a safe to
brighten your smile. There are several alternatives available, from simple teeth
whitening products to specialized treatment at your dentist. Whitening pens and
gels purchased over-the-counter are relatively affordable and provide good
Laser Teeth Whitening
The use of laser for teeth is
relatively new; a wavelength of laser light is used for this unique procedure.
The light is well targeted while it interacts with the tissues. It is very effective
and the results are stunning, that is why; although it’s quite expensive, it is
becoming very popular. When you seek medical help, the dentist will evaluate
your gum condition before deciding on the best procedure. This is because
concentrated solutions are used in the whitening process.
The first stage for laser teeth
whitening involves a thorough cleaning of your teeth which is called scaling.
The tartar and the stains on your teeth surface are removed with scaling. A
photograph of the teeth is taken in order to record its shade. Protective gel
is applied on your gums to harden it. It is then shielded from the chemical
solution by covering it well with cotton rolls. A good cheek retractor is
appropriately placed to avoid the cheeks touching the teeth. A suitable
protective material that can separate the lips and gums is also used.
The peroxide solution combined with
the whitening gel is applied to the surface of the teeth and the laser light is
focused on it. This results in eliminating the pigment build-up. The laser
light is exposed on the teeth for about 15 minutes after which the gel is
replaced by a fresh coat and the process is repeated. The result is brilliantly
white teeth, 10 times brighter than your original shade.
Teeth Whitening Products
You can whiten teeth on your own by
using teeth whitening products available in most pharmacies. Whitening
toothpastes are suitable only for teeth with mild surface stains. Some of them
contain gentle chemical agents that will have a better effect. However,
toothpastes do not have bleach; hence only one shade of whitening is possible.
Very thin strips coated with peroxide-based gel can be used to whiten teeth.
This has to be applied for half-an- hour for a fortnight; the results are good
and will last for not less than 4 months. Whitening rinse is relatively new; it
reduces gum disease, dental plaque and gives a fresh breath. Manufacturers
claim favourable results with its use for 3 months. Tray-based whiteners
involve filling a tray similar to a mouth-guard with a gel. This has to be worn
for four weeks or more according to the discolouration.
Tips about Teeth Whitening Gels
While purchasing teeth whitening
gels, you have to be careful to get the right product. Often, one product may
be good for an individual but not for another. Therefore, the right product may
be obtained only after a few trials. Instructions on the packaging should be
carefully followed. In order to maintain the whiteness, you have to
avoid beverages such as tea, coffee and sodas and also quit smoking. Proper
oral hygiene and a good mouth rinse will keep your teeth clean and white.
Whitening products with a whitening gel cannot be used by lactating and