Teeth Whitening – A Study of the Options Available to You

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Are you aware of anyone who does not want to have a gleaming smile? Oh sure, I'm sure that you could find the odd person with little or no regard for their personal hygiene and oral health that you could say but does not care, but most of the population wants to have brighter, whiter teeth.

If that is the case then why are not more people taking the step towards getting that brilliant smile. Is it fear of the process, or just plain ignorance about their options. Or, maybe they think that the teeth whitening process will not work on them.

The truth is that it is probably a little of each. But, the fear is misplaced, the ignorance can be overcome, and the fact is that approximately 80% if all that go through a teeth whitening procedure, either at the dentist's office or at home, get measurably whiter teeth.

One thing to keep in mind; however, is that teeth whitening is not a permanent remedy for your dingy teeth. After going through the procedure, one needs to take precautions that will enable them to keep the smile as long as possible. Things like avoiding coffee and red wine. I did not say this was going to be easy. Give up coffee and red wine? Impossible!

Essentially, you have two options when it comes to getting whiter teeth. First, dental teeth whitening. And, second, home teeth whitening systems. Let's look at each.

Dental Teeth Whitening

At one time the only way to get a whiter smile was to go to the dentist and have them perform the procedure, and this is still a popular method, though very expensive and therefore out of reach financially for many. Typically this method involves having custom fitted mouthpieces made that conform perfectly to the shape of your teeth. Additionally, for an extra fee, a laser may be used to speed up the process.

Interestingly enough, even many professional teeth whitening systems require more than one visit, or for you to take home a teeth whitening kit for touch ups. A method that is much the same as the over-the-counter teeth whitening products.

Home Teeth Whitening

The fastest growing segment of the teeth whitening industry is the home teeth whitening kit. There are a few options here, some more effective than others. Some, proven totally ineffective.

Starting with the least effective, teeth whitening toothpastes. Tests have shown that as a means of getting teeth whiter they simply do not work, but are a reasonable follow up procedure to help maintain your smile.

Brush-on or paint on teeth whitening is popular because of the ease of use. But, it has its limit too. There is nothing to keep the gel in contact with the teeth long enough for the solution to be effective

Teeth whitening strips are getting better. The solution is "embedded" into the strip, thereby giving the wearer extended contact time. The one short coming is that the strips are not very long and will only cover the front four or five teeth. Not good if you have a big mouth or a wide smile.

Lastly, the teeth whitening kits that have trays and gels. This is most like the kind of treatment that would have been received in the dental office. It has stronger peroxide solutions than the others, greater coverage, and better effectiveness. This is not without its own downside, though. The possibility exists, as with the other methods, of having sensitive teeth for awhile, but also you may irritate the gums as well with the trays and if you use too much gel.

In conclusion, for the vast majority of people, teeth whitening is a viable and popular cosmetic dental procedure with benefits that far out weight the minor irritations.

Please be sure to follow the directions provided by the manufacturer. This will insure that you have very positive income.

Source by Arnie Jacobsen