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What are the options to whiten our teeth?

June 29, 2013 by  
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There are several types of teeth-whitening products.  Visiting our dentist for professional whitening treatments is of course the quickest solution.  But the cost involved is obviously more substantial.   Fortunately there are more affordable teeth-whitening options to be used at home.  Here are some of the technologies you can chose from to whiten your teeth:

Whitening strips and gels:

The gels are a very popular solution to whiten teeth. They are transparent gels containing a certain concentration of hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide. Usually the proportion of active agents in OTC products is about 10%. Some gels can be applied to the teeth with a small brush. Others will be poured into a splint previously molded to the shape of your teeth by passing it under hot water. Generally the gel is applied twice a day for two weeks, application time ranging from 30 minutes to one hour.  The application period may vary depending on the manufacturer. The whitening strips work in the same fashion; the active ingredient coating the inner surface of the strips is stuck on the teeth. The bleaching results can be seen after just a few days and the whiteness lasts several months, although occasion touch ups are sometimes required.  The use of whitening toothpaste is effective to protect the results.

Whitening rinse:

Whitening mouthwash are available on the market. Generally the manufacturer recommends using it prior to brushing.   The process is the same as any regular mouthwash; gargle for about 60 seconds trying to wet every part of the mouth and then spit out.  You then brush your teeth as usual. The active ingredients in whitening mouthwash are the same as those used in whitening gels: hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide. It is recommended to use the product twice a day before brushing. Results can be obtained in about 12 weeks. The advantage of whitening mouthwash is that it is less irritating for the sensitive mucous membranes in the mouth, the contact being shorter than with a whitening gel.  Used in conjunction with whitening toothpaste, whitening mouthwash can give excellent results.  Furthermore, whitening mouthwash can be concocted at home by adding a drop of hydrogen peroxide to water; that simple!

Whitening toothpastes:

There are a wide range of toothpastes on the market specifically designed to whiten teeth.  Some contain hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide, while others use a slightly abrasive material instead, such as baking soda.  A little homemade tip: adding baking soda to your usual toothpaste brings very good results. One can also use baking soda to brush the teeth from time to time, to dislodge the stains; an effective cheap recipe!

Whitening gums:

This product gives mixed results. The whitening gum can help remove food stuck in your teeth, but it cannot alone replace a treatment by whitening gel or toothpaste. This is a backup method that only helps, along with another treatment.

There’s an array of products on the market to whiten teeth without having to consult a professional.  Some homemade methods even cost almost nothing.  Used together these methods allow you to reach very interesting results without spending a fortune!

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