Teeth Whitening Methods
Why You May Want To Have Your Teeth Whitened, and what Teeth Whitening Methods are used
There are many different teeth whitening methods to consider. Remember how white your teeth were as a baby? Of course not, because even if you were one of the small number of babies who are born without teeth (less than 1/20th of one percent), you can’t remember that time – nor can you remember your neonatal teeth, which arrive about a month later. Fortunately, there are people like your parents and grandparents who can tell you how beautifully white they were.
Unfortunately, your teeth are no longer so beautifully white now, are they? Time subjects teeth to the same withering attack it bears on everything else. Even if you’re a non-smoker, you have to eat and drink to stay alive, and the things you ingest affect the whiteness of the teeth they pass through. Thus, teeth becoming darker over time are perfectly natural.
Of course, so are lines around your eyes and hair growing out of your ears, and nobody says you have to just sit back and let those things happen, do they? It’s understood that you can take measures to help hold back the ravages of time.
This also applies to darkened teeth. When whitened, your teeth will look better, and you’ll look younger and more attractive. So why not do it?
How does tooth whitening work?
For a long time, having them bleached by a dentist was the way to whiten teeth. The dentist would protect your gums with a gel or a shield, and then – using a mouth guard – apply a whitener containing hydrogen peroxide (or carbamide peroxide, although that breaks down into hydrogen peroxide anyway). As the peroxide breaks down, it enters the tooth enamel and removes deep-seated stains, as well as those on the surface.
Can I do it at home?
Yes, you can. There’s an effective way to whiten teen using strips, but before we get to that, let’s consider bleaching at home. You start the way we’ve just described, with two or three visits to the dentist, each of which you should expect to take about an hour. The dentist will take an impression of your teeth and gums in order to make a mouth guard, which you’ll need when you carry on the treatments at home – once again for about an hour at a time. Expect that process to last for up to four weeks.
What about laser treatment?
Yes, lasers are now a viable way of whitening your teeth. Your gums are protected with a rubber shield, and a bleaching agent is painted onto your teeth and then activated by a laser. This is a faster process than going to the dentist, which obviously does not involve a laser.
You mentioned strips?
Yes, we did – Crest Whitestrips. These strips utilize the same peroxide a dentist would use. They bind firmly to your teeth while in use so that you get a good, even whitening effect. They’re more effective and less time-consuming than either the in-the-chair process or using the laser.
The best advice we can give you is to try these methods first. If they work (and most people report that they do), you’ll have the same results, while also saving yourself a lot of trouble and money.