Teeth whitening, also known as teeth bleaching has become widely publicized; from celebrities and sport idols, movie stars, the ruling elite, and anyone who can afford, all are trooping to have their teeth bleached. Well, we all desire to have dazzling white teeth for this is the perfect recipe for a great smile. One can decide to have their teeth bleached in a dental clinic, or even do it from home. While professional teeth whitening is more effective, most people shun it due to its prohibitive cost. Home teeth whitening on the other hand is slightly cheaper, but may not be as effective as the professional one.
Below are things you should know about these 2 types of teeth whitening;
- Professional whitening often entails using whitening gels that are not readily available on the counter.
- Home whitening on the other hand, often entails the use of custom made mouth trays. These can be acquired from your dentist. The trays are filled with the whitening gel, then stuck to the teeth, and left there for some hours.
- Whitening strips can also be used for home bleaching, and are attached to your teeth for about 30 minutes, twice a day.
- Another whitening option done professionally is the Laser teeth whitening system. This makes use of a light that is applied on the whitening gel placed on the upper and lower teeth.
- Whitening tooth pastes are very popular teeth whitening method but effectivity of them can be questionable.
All in all, teeth whitening is a good thing; but one should also practice healthy habits to avoid teeth staining or discoloration. Tobacco is often the biggest culprit; as well as tea and coffee.
Are there any risks to teeth whitening?
Although teeth whitening is a great way to enhance your smile, you should be very picky and choosy on the whitening method you go for. Some methods will cause and worsen teeth sensitivity because they erode the enamel of your tooth.