Want that halo effect that comes with a big beautiful smile? Let’s face it, whiter teeth bring confidence. There are several ways to whiten teeth and get a brighter smile.
People use teeth whitening to get rid of stains caused by things like coffee and cigarettes that are left on the teeth. These things react with minerals in the teeth to make a dark pigment called melanin, which is what makes the teeth look dark.
Teeth whitening procedures use bleaching agents to remove these stains from your teeth and make them whiter. The different types of teeth whitening treatments available can be grouped into two categories: in-office teeth whitening and take-home teeth whitening kits. These are the most popular ones.
Most dentists use carbamide peroxide in the form of a gel to whiten teeth. Dental trays are produced especially for each patient. This improves the fit and reduces the chance of whitening lines. Dentists charge upwards of $600 for this procedure. This is the most expensive option of all the teeth whitening methods. Check with your insurance to see whether this procedure is covered.
At-home whitening treatments, for example, are an option. Identically, you are able to get whiter teeth in the comfort of your own home by using at-home kits. These are comparatively cheaper prices. At-home kits contain the same strength formula as your dentist's carbamide peroxide formula. Or a more powerful formula. Another benefit of at-home whitening is the price. Some quality kits can go as low as $39! Conversely, the only real downside of an at-home kit is the dental tray quality. It’s a boil and bite mouthpiece. You may find these a little less comfortable than their dental counterparts.
Strips are cheaper than going to the dentist and more convenient because you can do it from home. The downside of this method is that it takes longer than other methods. It can take months or years to see the same results from whitening gels. The results from whitening strips are usually less than desired. Major brands and off-brands have a mild effect over the course of a month at best. Pharmaceutical-backed companies sell a weaker whitening strip product to keep recurring profits.
The active ingredient in most teeth whitening toothpastes is hydrogen peroxide, which breaks down into water and oxygen to oxidize the stains on teeth. The ingredients in the toothpaste are designed to keep these chemicals contained within the mouth for a long enough period of time to break down the stains on teeth.
In the first place, whitening toothpaste seems to have little or no effectiveness. At most, one line of paste has a mild active ingredient. On the other hand, you would have to brush your teeth for an hour for any noticeable result over the course of a month. With this in mind, dental and at-home whitening kits give you the best results in the shortest time.
With so many options, there is no excuse not to get your camera ready and your best social media smile on. Put on a smile and let the world smile with you. "Say Cheeze!" ☻