Teeth Whitening

A bright white smile can increase your confidence instantly. Teeth whitening used to be an expensive cosmetic treatment that was performed at the dentist’s office. Luckily there are now many affordable and easy to use teeth whitening options that you can do out of the comfort of your own home. Read on to find out more about teeth whitening products and treatments.


Whitening Products

When you go down the dental aisle at your local store you may be completely overwhelmed, and we don’t blame you. Just a few short years ago there used to be a few different types of toothpastes, gums, mouthwashes and whitening kits, but now there is a product for every concern dental concern. There are many different products that claim to whiten teeth including whitening toothpastes, gels, kits, mouthwashes, pre-rinses, post-rinses, touch-up pens and more.  

There are two main types of teeth whitening products including surface whiteners and beaches. Surface whiteners use special abrasive agents to remove surface stains and prevent the buildup of future stains. Surface whiteners include whitening toothpastes, gels, gums and chewy sugar-free candy. Teeth whitening kits, gels, mouthwashes, strips and rinses use bleach (often peroxide) to whiten tooth discoloration below the surface level. These products give the brighter results that can remove daily stains and built up stains.

You will find that pretty much all of these products that claim to be easy to use and offer brilliant whitening so it can be extremely difficult to choose what product to use. One of the best ways to avoid a meltdown in the teeth whitening aisle is to look up whitening products online before you head out to the store. You can find reviews and results from people who have used the products before allowing you to decide based on their experiences.


Professional Whitening Services

Many dentist offices offer teeth whitening services that use a type of laser, light or heat source and a chemical agent to whiten the teeth. These treatments can be expensive but are also very effective if you are looking to see results quickly. Most dental insurance companies will not cover whitening as it is a cosmetic treatment rather than a medial issue.


Dealing with Tooth Sensitivity

Some whitening products can increase a person’s overall tooth sensitivity to cold and hot temperatures. It may also cause inflammation and redness of the gums. If you are using an at-home whitening kit you may want to decrease the frequency that you whiten your teeth (every other day instead of every day). Do not exceed the recommended time in hopes of speeding up your whitening treatment because it can cause severe inflammation of the gums. You will also want to refer to the instructions or manufacturer’s website to find out any other sensitivity treatment options or recommendations.


Maintaining Your White Smile

Practicing positive dental habits daily including regular brushing, flossing and rinsing can help to keep your teeth clean and gums healthy. It is also important to go in for regular cleanings and check-ups at your dentist to ensure that your teeth are in good condition.

In addition to healthy dental habits and routine dentist’s visits many whitening products have a complete lineup of products to keep your smile white. Try whitening toothpastes and gels for touchups in-between professional whitening or at home whitening treatments.