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 couldn't 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 applied only 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.