When asked, most people agree that they wish they had whiter teeth. This desire for the perfect smile has helped to flood the market with a variety of products promising to make your teeth whiter and brighter. Chances are that you have looked at some of these items and been tempted to buy them. But do these teeth whitening products really work? And are they safe for your teeth and gums?
Types of teeth whitening kits
Teeth whitening kits typically contain one of two bleaching agents, hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide. Either they bleach the teeth by altering the natural colour of the tooth or they work to remove surface stains on the teeth. There are several different types of products on the market that promise to help whiten teeth.
- Whitening toothpaste – designed only to remove surface layer stains and not deeper stains. These toothpastes can be effective at keeping your teeth white in some cases. The Australian Dental Association (ADA) evaluates these products, so be sure to always look for the ADA’s seal of approval when purchasing this type of toothpaste.
- At-home whitening kits – these work by bleaching the teeth over a two to four week period. They usually come as a tray-like product, bleaching strips or a product to paint on your teeth. When whitening your teeth at home, it is extremely important to protect the gums during the bleaching process, so you don’t cause any type of damage. These products can sometimes cause tooth sensitivity.
- Professional dental whitening – offered by dentists, this procedure uses high-quality bleaching agents that can be effective in as little as one hour. Dentists also use a specialized product to protect your gums during the bleaching process. This process may cause tooth sensitivity for some people.
Are teeth whitening products effective?
Teeth whitening kits can be very effective for some types of stains and tooth discolouration. However, the effectiveness varies from patient to patient. It is important to have a thorough dental examination completed by your dentist prior to starting any type of teeth whitening process. Your dentist will evaluate your teeth and then discuss the whitening options that are best for your specific situation.
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