We’ve all seen the commercials, read the advertisements and wondered if it really works. The latest craze in teeth whitening products has the world eager to sink their teeth into something new. Everyone wants to have a nice and white, sparkling smile. The problem that many face is the expense of repeated dental visits, lack of dental insurance or simply an absence of time.
Some of the world’s most well-known teeth whitening experts, who currently manufacture toothpaste, have released gel products, teeth whitening strips and even teeth molds that are believed to help in the fight against discoloration. Teeth stains are a part of life, whether it be the result of age, drinking soda or coffee, smoking cigarettes or simply not brushing properly. Regardless, the most popular teeth whitening system has always been an afternoon in the dentist’s chair. Thankfully for many, especially those who fear the dentist, teeth whitening systems are now available for the independent do-it-yourselfer.
Teeth whitening systems are designed for home use, but that doesn’t mean that they are not without risk. Anyone who has particularly sensitive gums or any type of lesion should consult their dentist prior to using any teeth whitening strip or gel product. In addition, each product is different and features various instructions. The manufacturer’s provide these instructions for the purpose of maintaining the effectiveness of their teeth whitening system, while promoting a safe use of their product. It is important that, prior to using any teeth whitening product, consumers carefully read the outside and inside package and/or directions for instructions and any warning labels.
A dentist can professionally clean and polish your teeth in the office, which takes approximately 30 minutes or more if excessive cleaning is required. During the visit, a patient may also ask the dentist about his/her own recommendation for a teeth whitening product. Many professionals recommend a gel product, which is used with a custom mold of the patient’s teeth. The dentist can typically create a mold of the patient’s mouth in the office and provide the take-home kit the same day.
The information in this article is to be used for informational purposes only. It should not be used in place of, or in conjunction with, professional dental advice. Before using a teeth whitening product or system, individuals should consult their dentist to ensure that the use of these products will not worsen their condition or create a new problem.