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

What You Should Know About a Dental Whitening System

Whether or not you choose to admit it, people are paying huge amounts of money to get whiter teeth. Discoloration occurs as we age and some people will do whatever it takes in order to have a smile worth showing.

But do you really need to visit a professional or would buying a name brand dental whitening system be better, in order to achieve good results? If you consider the cost as well as the results, you may change your mind about paying out thousands of dollars to a cosmetic dentist.

A dental whitening system works through the use of a special bleach or hydrogen peroxide gel. The substance is applied to the surface of each tooth and then left on for a predetermined amount of time. Unlike their predecessors, modern systems are quite easy to use.

At one time you had to mold a plastic tray and then sleep with the tray in your mouth overnight. The downside was a terrible tasting goo running down your throat while you slept, however, the upside was that you could not grind your teeth all night.

Items such as Crest White Strips have eliminated the need for the bulky whitening trays and bleach that stayed on overnight. These strips are applied to the teeth and then left on for fifteen to thirty minutes twice a day.

Some of the new lines are only applied at night. The reason is that most people, after brushing their teeth at night, do not eat or drink anything until they wake in the morning, therefore leaving the whitening gel on the tooth surface longer.

Teeth whitening kits also are produced in generic versions such as Equate found in Wal-Mart. Truth be told, they are just as effective as their brand name counterparts. If you are unsure if the kit is of the same quality as Crest, then take a look at the ingredients list. Chances are the active ingredients are the same for both brands and you may actually save a few dollars.

A home dental whitening system is a great product provided you do not have any problems with your teeth and gums. If you are allergic to certain types of bleaching gels, then the kit could put you at serious health risk. If you have open spots on tooth surfaces from tooth decay, then the whitening gel could make the condition worse and cause pain.

Before beginning any teeth whitening system, you may want to consult with your dentist. He or she can make a recommendation that best suits your particular oral needs.



Source by Mike Ramidden

Want to Know How to Get Whiter Teeth?

It can be difficult to put on a confident smile if your teeth are stained or yellowing from age. There are many companies who realize this problem and have created several different methods you can use to whiten your teeth easily and effectively. If you ask your dentist how to get whiter teeth, they will often offer their professional whitening, but this can be expensive.

When you are looking for how to get whiter teeth, you will find various methods such as whitening strips. Strips like this work well for some people, but they can be a pain to use. These strips are often finicky to apply and slip around or fall off instead of staying in place.

Trays are another popular method of whitening. These can be used by placing a whitening agent into the trays and then placing them in your mouth. They work well normally but can be quite messy to deal with. The trains sometimes have to be left on a really long time to be effective, and it can be difficult to talk or do anything with your mouth while you are wearing them.

AltaWhite uses a different type of method because they actually use swabs instead of trays or strips. The swabs are snapped at one end so that the liquid goes to the other end. You then dip it into a whitening powder and apply it to all of the areas you want whitening. It often works in as little as six days.

Consult with a dentist before you find out how to get whiter teeth because it might not be safe for you. Certain dental procedures can greatly affect the results, so keep this in mind.



Source by Burke N. Stanton

You Can Now Get White Teeth at Home Without A Dentist Visit!

When you were young, having shiny white teeth came naturally.

You could eat sugary foods and drink soda and your teeth still looked great. Additionally if you forgot to brush your teeth every now and again your teeth would still be white and shiny. It was effortless back then to have a beautiful smile. On the other hand, when you get older, habits like not brushing your teeth and consuming sugar begin to affect the color of your teeth.

The enamel on your teeth slowly gets damaged by the acid in your food. The lack of brushing means the acid stays on your teeth for longer so they get even more damaged. The bright white layer of enamel on your teeth disintegrates leaving your teeth a ugly looking yellow color. When your teeth get like this it is easy to be put off smiling, and often your confidence gets knocked.

The only option when your teeth get like used to be at the dentists where the treatment would be very pricey. There is now another option available to you however if you would like to make your teeth whiter. You can use home teeth whitening kits to make your teeth whiter from the comfort of your own home.

The technology used in these products is much cheaper than the treatment available at your local dentists but is equally as effective. It is safe and the products are easy to apply. These products are more convenient and cheaper, and there are often free samples available. Every one who is looking to whiten their teeth should try these products for free.



Source by Samantha Heart

How to Get Your Whiter Teeth Back by Selecting the Most Effective Home Whitening System for You

I read somewhere that teeth whitening became mainstream, and part of pop culture when it was featured on the popular "Seinfeld" TV show in the 1990s. Of course, once we see something on television it sparks our interest to find out more.

We can not really call Teeth Whitening a trend that may come and go, because decades later it's still popular all over the world and growing strong, even in these tough economic times. It's almost become a staple in our mainstream culture as part of our beautifying ritual. People want to feel good about the way they look, as vain as they may sound and it's the small things that can sometimes make the biggest difference.

Society has seemed to establish that we are not going to stop drinking coffee, wine, or tea, eating dark chocolate or even smoking if that's your vice because it stains our teeth. Instead, we expect a great product to reverse their effects fast and safely with no side effects.

Many of us also suffer from teeth discolorations due to aging, extended use of medication, or from the natural build-up of organic pigments in addition to certain types of foods and drinks. We know we can not stop the aging process, but we can certainly look like we've put up a good fight. Whiter teeth can make us look years younger.

The process of finding the best teeth whitening method can be overwhelming. The bottom line is when it comes to whitening teeth, the key is to achieve a whiter smile that you and others will notice, while still noticing you.

The number of teeth whitening products available on the market today can be judged by how well they work, comfort, how easy they are to use, and the degree to which they brighten teeth. In the end, you have to go with what you are most comfortable. Be sure to keep these questions in mind as well before before making your purchase. Where's the company located? How are they being made? What's the quality? What's the safest, most cost-effective product that will give you natural results? How strong is the gel?

I've compiled well-known various methods. The basic teeth whitening kits and products offered can be separated into seven categories; professional strength tray bathing systems, boil and bite tray bleaching systems, non-moldable tray bleaching systems, whitening strips, whitening sprays, brush-on gels, as well as, whitening toothpaste. In a separate category, the light / heat activated whitening systems are performed in a dentist office.

I can tell you which ones you should avoid: over the counter gels and light treatments at the dentist. Let's start with over the counter gels. The level you are going to want to achieve that would make even the slightest difference, could take up to 14 days. Who has 14 days to wait for white teeth? And even if you had the time, why would you want to wait for that long? Usually the results are minimal and may leave you disappointed.

I purchased a few different brands to try them out myself. Companies that bought us whitening strips are a wonderful when it comes to toothpaste, but their whitening gel did not even stay on my teeth. I ended up either spitting out or accidentingly swallowing most of it.

The Brush-on gels, whitening toothpastes, and whitening sprays are not very effective either. You can however, use a toothpaste that contains small amounts of whitening ingredients for daily maintenance along with your regular oral hygiene routine.

The professional custom fit whitening kit has proven to be the favorite amongst consumers. The kits come with a temporary tray, the boil and bite, which you can use while waiting for your custom fitted tray to arrive. Custom fitted trays are extremely important in the whitening process. It's what holds the gel to your teeth. It works through a process called "full curing". The trays tightly wrapped around your teeth pressure the gel through the surface of your teeth to the actual pulp of your tooth maximizing the bleaching effect.

These types of custom fit trays are manufactured at an on-site dental lab at a fraction of the cost than dentists charge. Your teeth will become 10 shades lighter by the end of the whitening process using this home whitening kit. At home whitening kits that are most effective use 22% to 44% strength carbamide peroxide, which is about 400 times the level of over the counter whitening gels, yet still safe to use.

Usually you will get a full money back guarantee if you do not achieve the results promised. If you do not use custom fitted trays, you may end up with spotting and uneven whitening. If you find the right one, you can even get the kits that carries min-flavored gel for a more enjoyable whitening experience. Just remember, if you feel over filled your trays with gel, spit it out, never swallow. The kit is user-friendly, uncomplicated, and includes a step-by-step do it yourself manual. It takes about three days to get your trays back once you send your impression to the lab. You are then at the home stretch to getting a whiter smile.

It's important to remember to follow directions carefully. If you overfill the mouth trays, forget to wipe your gums or keep the trays in more than the recommended time, you may damage your teeth or increase their sensitivity.

The boil and bite bleaching systems, which also come in the custom fit kits, are ideal for temporary use. These do not last, are usually inconvenient if used for long term.

Laser light Treatments available at a dentist office, have been the cause of many horror stories within the teeth whitening industry. Stories of patients popping Advil like candy, having extreme tooth pain following the procedure, and not being able to eat solid food for days are just a few. Not only is it painful and risky especially for those who already have sensitive teeth, the results are very unnatural looking. People who undergo this treatment are often teased about their teeth being too white and blinding. Plus, you end up having to purchase a custom fit tray for maintenance, when it's all complete, it will cost you around $ 600.

Before its television debut, teeth whitening industry was already gaining popularity in the dental profession. The 1989 breakthrough development by Haywood-Haymann were the duo who carbamide peroxide in the lead as the most effective key ingredient in the whitening process. Not everyone could afford going to the dentist, so in the 1990's companies began developing substitutes with over-the-counter whitening products. These products were available primarily as toothpastes that claimed to whiten teeth as they clean or sold as special liquid solutions applied to teeth apart from the brushing process. They contained the same active ingredients used in professional office whitening procedures, but at lower strengths. We all wanted to believe they would work because they were produced from the same companies that welcomed us our favorite toothpaste brands keeping our teeth healthy. Disappointingly, they had very little effect on removing stains from the enamel.

You should always try to maintain good oral health in general by regularly brushing and flossing for healthy teeth and gums under the surface in addition to whitening. After all, that is what true beauty really is.



Source by Linda Berian

Laser Teeth Whitening – Is it Really Necessary to Have Whiter Teeth

I think that it is safe to say that we all are just a little vain. Some of us more than others. If this were not so then you would not see so many tanning salons. Nor would there be so many weight loss products available. Nor would you see so many different products guarantee white teeth for an ultra bright smile. But, in addition to wanting to look "fabulous darling", we want it immediately. If not sooner. And, we are willing to pay good money for it too. Enter laser teeth whitening. Fast, effective, and pain free. Sounds great.

For those in the population that need instant gratification, laser teeth whitening is your ticket to celebrity white teeth in no time. Does this sound too good to be true? To some, I'll bet it does. Let's take a closer look at the details of getting your teeth whitened professionally with a laser treatment.

Laser teeth whitening is obviously not a home teeth whitening method. This will require a trip to your dentist, or other office that provides this service. Typically, the technician that will perform the procedure will begin by cleaning your teeth thoroughly so that there is nothing that will stand in the way of the whitening process. Following this, the teeth whitening gel will be applied. This is essentially the same gel used by other processes. The next step is where the process deviates a bit. This step is where the laser is applied. The reason the laser is used is to accelerate the whitening process.

Often, when we pay extra to have a professional administrator this type of procedure, we expect that the change will be immediate and permanent, but for some this may not be the case. It is possible that you will need to go back for one or more additional sessions. This obviously depends on the degree of discoloration on your teeth.

Going hand in hand with the ease and thoroughness afforded by having a professional do the procedure, comes the downside. Cost. It comes as no surprise that going to the office to get your teeth whitened is not going to be an inexpensive undertaking. Also, remember that insurance will not pay for this type of dental care. Having said that you can expect to pay somewhere between $ 500 to $ 1000.

Only you can determine whether the cost of having this procedure done is worth the money. Maybe, you will find that using another method is a more cost effective way to get whiter teeth. Many people opt to use a home teeth whitening system. This may take longer, and may not be quite as effective, but is much, much more inexpensive than the laser teeth whitening process.



Source by Arnie Jacobsen

How to Make Teeth Whiter and Prevent Yellow Teeth From Ruining Your Social Life

Teeth whitening products are one of the most popular health and beauty products people look for these days. An increasing number of people dissatisfied with the current condition and color of their teeth are looking for ways that they can restore the youthful, bright white smile of their childhood.

To be perfectly honest, nobody wants to not have a healthy smile. Who likes to look at yellowed and stained teeth? These can ruin your social life and frighten your date away.

The fact is that while we might think that many of the people who actually have bright smiles are just naturally that way, in most cases only a small percentage of them really have teeth that look like that. The rest of those people use products to make their teeth whiter.

Most of those white smiles you see, either on TV or in real life are actually the product of an expensive trip to the dentist. Now there is an alternative to spending thousands of dollars at the dentist.

There are various methods to whiten your teeth.

Dentist only. The most expensive procedure out there is a laser whitening procedure. The laser, in combination with a specialized gel containing crystals that turn the laser light into whitening for the enamel of your teeth. Depending on how badly discolored your teeth are depends on how long the treatment will last and how much it will cost.

That sounds great, but what if you do not have the money to go to your dentist and get your teeth professionally whitened?

How to make teeth whiter at home.

There are plenty of options available including home whitening kits that can be easily found online. They take some of the same techniques found in the dentist office and make them convenient to use in your own home.

Most times they simply require the use of a gel and tray system once or twice a day for a week and you will start to see some really great results. What makes it even better is that many of these treatments offer free trials of their products confident that you will purchase their product.

There is no need to spend a fortune on laser whitening at the dentist when you can do it yourself at home.



Source by Jeffery Lawson

How to Get White Teeth – The Best Tips For Getting Those Dingy Teeth Bright White Again

Are you always on the hunt for amazing white teeth? Do you want to hide your mouth, so people will not see your stained and murky teeth? As people get older, your teeth will attain stains from smoking, coffee, and even the food they eat. There are now some options you can do at home to whiten your teeth.

In the past, you would need to go to a whitening specialist or a dentist to get a white sparkling set of teeth, like your favorite roll model. Fortunately, the smiles you witness at checkout lines could be yours without the hassle of paying all that money for that beautiful row of teeth.

In today's market there are all sorts of amazing kits for teeth whitening you can utilize from home which can be bought or in some cases obtained through a free trial to assist your whitening desires. These simple to use kits for teeth whitening are safe and cost far less than the methods used in the past that only the rich could afford. Most of the time this includes using a gel for the teeth whitening that you would apply placing it into a tray to shift across your teeth. Then once you leave them in there for the amount of time suggested on the label, you can remove them to see a much whiter smile instantly.

This is simply all is required if you wish to get your teeth whiter today! These kits have no side effects and are effective; Because many of them offer a free trial, you really have nothing to lose. Do not ever worry about your smile again, make it shine like you always wanted.



Source by Cheryl Anderson

Why Do People Ask How to Whiten Teeth Naturally?

There are so many dental procedures available these days that people can treat the problem of the teeth easily. There are people who are interested to know how to whiten teeth naturally. Natural remedies are always preferred by the people because they are safe as well as effective.

The best thing about the natural remedies is that they are easily available. You can even find a remedy in the natural ingredients that are present in your home. Other remedies offered by the dentists are usually very expensive.

Home Based Remedies

Home based teeth whitening is gaining popularity these days. People are interested to know how to whiten teeth naturally at home. The home based natural remedies have lots of advantages.

First of all you do not need to visit a dentist every time you have some problems in your teeth. The home based remedies can also be practiced privately at your home. If you do not want to let other know about the treatment then you can easily keep it private.

Low Cost Remedies

People ask how to whiten teeth naturally because they are not in favor of spending a fortune to whiten their teeth. The cosmetic procedures offered by the dentists are usually very expensive.

This is the reason why lots of people try to avoid it. They want something which will be available in a reasonable price and will also be effective. This is why how to whiten teeth naturally is a common question these days.

Brush Softly

One of the important ways to remove the yellow stains is to brush your teeth properly. You should never think that if you brush your teeth forcefully the stains will go away quickly. This is a wrong concept.

You must always remember that the correct way to brush your teeth is by moving the brush gently as well as softly. Now you might have got the answer to how to whiten teeth naturally without visiting a dentist.



Source by Charles Howard

Get the Best Free Teeth Whitening Kits Today and Get Your Teeth Up to 7 Shades Whiter

Are you tired of looking in the mirror and seeing that your stained teeth have gone from bad to worse?

When you look at photos of yourself do you cringe and cant believe how brown your teeth look now? And more importantly have you said to yourself that you finally need to do something about this problem?

Well, you are not alone and this is just a natural part of aging and as well as the result of years upon years of consuming coffee, sodas, junk food, smoking and many more factors.

However, you can do something about it, and now you can actually get one of the best teeth whitening kits on the market today for free. They can get your teeth up to seven shades whiter and also help fight off about 80 percent of dental diseases.

And all you really need is a simple free trial to get your teeth clean and white. You would only need to get more if your teeth were in real critical shape.

Most people start seeing their smile completely alter within just a few weeks of using one of these amazing kits and after they use up their free trial, they are fine for many years to come.

So, do not go spending money on expensive dental visits that have now been shown to damage your teeth and do not buy whitening strips that only give mediocre results. Get one of the best teeth whitening kits on the market today for free and get back that smile you once had.



Source by Constance Howard