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Benefits of teeth whitening at home

June 29, 2013 by  
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Teeth whitening products sold OTC in pharmacies and department stores are increasingly popular.  Of course, this is not due to chance. Social pressures to have perfect teeth partly explain the phenomenon, but also the limitation of one’s budget.  A teeth whitening treatment at a dental clinic can cost between $ 600 and $ 1000 (between 500 and 800 euros).   Comparatively a teeth whitening product to be used at home can be found for $ 10 to $ 100 (between 5 and 80 euros), depending on whether it is toothpaste or whitening strips in a kit.

Cost is the main advantage of the home teeth whitening treatment.  The whitening kit is relatively safe to use, unless you have particular problems with your teeth. What are the contraindications? If your gums are sensitive or irritated, your teeth damaged, or if you are undergoing repairs with white fillings, then whitening your teeth at home with OTC products can be risky. Peoples with crowns and repairs must keep in mind that the material used for repairs will not react to the bleach and it will result in an unevenly colored tooth.  The whitening gel sold over the counter is usually very mild, because it does not contain more than 10% of hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide; the active agents used to whiten teeth. But if your teeth are cracked the use could still cause discomfort and / or hypersensitivity of the teeth. If your gums are sensitive even the gentlest products used in whitening treatments can be irritating. Before starting a teeth whitening treatment at home, you’ll be smart to talk to your dentist.

The hydrogen peroxide and carbamide peroxide are also used in professional teeth whitening treatment.  Sometimes, only the concentration of the product differs. The products used by dentists are generally stronger and therefore require supervision to avoid any mouth problems. Professionals agree that carbamide peroxide is softer and less irritating to the sensitive mucous membranes of the mouth. Whatever the product used, stain removal is done by oxidation. The whitening product is introduced into the tooth enamel to lift stains and deposits. When the teeth whitening product is use over a time period as recommended by the manufacturer, the teeth will gradually return to their original coloring, free of stains from coffee, tea, and food coloring.  The milder the product, the longer you’ll have to use it to achieve the desired results. The advantage of milder treatment is that the gums are spared.

Do popular whitening treatments damage the tooth enamel? Some studies show that repeated and prolonged use of hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide may weaken the enamel surface of the tooth. However the effects are insignificant.  The minerals in the saliva eventually rebuild the weakened enamel. Of course teeth whitening treatments should never be used in the very long term, and especially not year-round. Once the maximum shade of whiteness is achieved, it is useless to keep on going.  Because of the natural color of the dentin, some Teeth can never become pure white.

The use of home whitening products can be a great solution for people with a limited budget. There’s a variety available on the market: whitening toothpaste, adhesive strips or gels, mouthwash, gums. The effectiveness of these products is interesting, and combined they can give surprising results.

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