Types of Teeth Whitening Systems to Consider

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There are different ways to brighten your smile and the results will vary according to the whitening treatment you chose. From pens to whitening trays, we are listing down all types of teeth whitening treatments you need to know to enhance your smile and improve oral hygiene:

Over-the-Counter Whitening Products

Whitening Toothpaste

Whitening toothpaste contains fine grains or non-bleach chemicals that polish the teeth surface, removing stains. Usually, over the counter whitening toothpaste contain carbamide peroxide or hydrogen peroxide. These chemicals lighten the teeth by a shade. The chemicals are mild so they do not cause tooth sensitivity. Tooth sensitivity is a common issue among teeth whitening products.

Whitening Strips and Gels

Whitening strips and gels are formulated with hydrogen peroxide. Whitening gel is applied directly to the surface of the teeth to remove stains. The potency of the hydrogen peroxide will depend from brand to brand. Initial results are seen just a few days after application. The final result will last for about 4 months.

Whitening strips are invisible strips applied on the surface of the teeth. The strips are coated with hydrogen peroxide gel and applied twice daily for 30 minutes.

Whitening Mouthwash

This is a relatively new teeth whitening product that’s used similarly like your average mouth rinse. You just swish the product in the mouth for a minute, twice every day after brushing the teeth. This product freshens the breath and reduces plaque and gum disease. Whitening mouthwashes are formulated with hydrogen peroxide. However, it takes more than 12 weeks to see actual results. According to some dentists, whitening mouthwash is not as effective as other over the counter whitening products because contact is limited to one minute. In comparison, a whitening strip is placed over the teeth for 30 minutes, twice per day.

Intensive Whitening Products

Tray-Based Tooth Whiteners

Tray-based tooth whitening systems comprised of a whitening product-filled tray shaped like a mouth guard. The solution is formulated with a peroxide bleaching agent. The tray is worn for an hour or two every day up at a period of four weeks. The result will depend on the desired level of whitening. Tray-based tooth whitening systems are more expensive than over-the-counter teeth whitening systems. A kit could set you back $200 to $400. The longer the treatment, the higher the total cost.

In-Office Bleaching

In-office bleaching is the quickest, most effective way to whiten teeth. It’s also the most expensive of all teeth whitening treatments. A single treatment can cost anywhere from $300 to $1,000.

The treatment works by applying a whitening solution directly on the teeth. The product is often used in combination with a laser or applied heat to activate the whitening solution. Usually, a single treatment lasts for 30 minutes to an hour. You can see a significant result in just a couple of sessions. But if you want dramatic results, you’ll have to complete a series of sessions. The only downside of in-office bleaching is teeth sensitivity. The sensitivity level will depend on the number of whitening sessions you completed.

If teeth sensitivity occurs, your doctor may recommend a special type of toothpaste or oral products that would reduce sensitivity.

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