There are several different methods for teeth whitening ranging from professional products only available if the work is carried out by your dentist to very basic tooth whitening products such as toothpastes.

Teeth whitening basically works by bleaching, or in the case of whitening toothpaste by removing stains from the surface of your teeth through abrasive means.

Most teeth whitening products contain either carbamide peroxide or hydrogen peroxide as a bleaching agent with the former being the main component of professional bleaching products.

Bleaching lightens the color of your teeth but the degree of lightening is dependent on the type of product you use. Laser teeth whitening is perceived by many to be the most effective method as the laser light activates the bleaching agent thus speeding up the teeth whitening process. However it is the most costly way of whitening your teeth and is a process that will need to be repeated at regular intervals (every one – three years depending on how well you look after your newly whitened teeth).

Tray based teeth whitening products also work by bleaching your teeth but have an added advantage over laser whitening in that the custom mouthpiece can be re-used when you want to whiten your teeth again. The only consumable is the teeth whitening bleaching agent. Tray based tooth whitening products can be purchased through your dentist or over the counter tray based products are now available that use the preferred carbamide peroxide as the bleaching agent.

Paint on teeth whitening products and whitening strips are available over the counter for not a lot of money but there appears to be little support for any over the counter products other than tray based teeth whitening with carbamide peroxide.

Bleaching works well for whitening yellow teeth but is not the answer … Read the rest

There are several different methods for teeth whitening ranging from professional products only available if the work is carried out by your dentist to very basic tooth whitening products such as toothpastes.

Teeth whitening basically works by bleaching, or in the case of whitening toothpaste by removing stains from the surface of your teeth through abrasive means.

Most teeth whitening products contain either carbamide peroxide or hydrogen peroxide as a bleaching agent with the former being the main component of professional bleaching products.

Bleaching lightens the color of your teeth but the degree of lightening is dependent on the type of product you use. Laser teeth whitening is perceived by many to be the most effective method as the laser light activates the bleaching agent thus speeding up the teeth whitening process. However it is the most costly way of whitening your teeth and is a process that will need to be repeated at regular intervals (every one – three years depending on how well you look after your newly whitened teeth).

Tray based teeth whitening products also work by bleaching your teeth but have an added advantage over laser whitening in that the custom mouthpiece can be re-used when you want to whiten your teeth again. The only consumable is the teeth whitening bleaching agent. Tray based tooth whitening products can be purchased through your dentist or over the counter tray based products are now available that use the preferred carbamide peroxide as the bleaching agent.

Paint on teeth whitening products and whitening strips are available over the counter for not a lot of money but there appears to be little support for any over the counter products other than tray based teeth whitening with carbamide peroxide.

Bleaching works well for whitening yellow teeth but is not the answer … Read the rest

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