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What Is Dental Whitening?

Friday, 03 Dec 2010 10:56 AM

Dental teeth whitening products, among other dental care products, are sold from supermarkets to late-night TV shows. But do these products actually whiten teeth? As a consumer, you should be aware of the fact that almost all dental teeth whitening products have almost the same whitening formula.

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Although these teeth whitening products are very similar, they are very technique sensitive. Therefore, as a precaution, you should follow the package instructions or the dentist’s advice to get the best results.
What is dental whitening?
Dental whitening is the process of using mild bleaching agents to lighten the color of teeth. Dentists use ADA-approved bleaching agents such as 10% carbamide peroxide and 35% hydrogen peroxide to lighten teeth without causing damage to them and their surrounding structures. Dentists can do in-house bleaching, laser bleaching, and even home-based bleaching to get the best effects.
How much time does it take to whiten teeth?
The time required to whiten teeth will depend on the product and method used. Most dentists will recommend a slow bleaching spread out over fifteen days to get the desired result, but you can also whiten your teeth in one sitting using laser teeth whitening. The cost of the procedure will also vary accordingly.
Dental whitening formula: Dentist formulas vs. Store bought products
Most dental teeth whitening products contain hydrogen peroxide, carbamide peroxide, or other bleaching agents in varying concentrations. You will find that most dentist prescribed teeth whitening products will be the strongest. The dentist in charge of your treatment will provide you detailed information on how to use the products along the exact time limit of the treatment procedure.

Dentists usually do laser teeth bleaching for instant results, in-office bleaching, or overnight bleaching with these professional products. Your dentist will also be able to accurately predict the degree of lightening of your teeth after the teeth whitening procedure.
Most supermarket-based teeth whitening products contain weak doses of bleaching agents to lighten teeth. The huge range of products includes teeth whitening gels, dental teeth whitening toothpastes, mouthwashes with a special dental whitening formula, dental care products that contain tiny amounts of bleach to whiten teeth, teeth whitening strips, and even chewing gum that is supposed to whiten teeth.

Although most of these products offer varying degrees of success, one advantage they have is that they are really cheap. Over-the-counter gels work the best as they contain the right amount of bleaching agents. They will also contain stock or premade mouth trays to hold the bleaching material in proximity to your teeth for getting the desired bleaching effect.
Please note that teeth whitening agents are not drugs and they are not approved by the FDA. Please ensure that you follow the instructions correctly to prevent damaging your teeth or gums. Discontinue use of the agent if you experience sensitivity, dental pain, or bleeding and visit your dentist immediately.

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