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Teeth Whitening at Home: Everything You Need to Know

If you are thinking about whitening your teeth, you are probably aware there are different ways to do it at home instead of going to the dentist’s office. Especially, if you are not so keen on dentist visits. Well, fortunately, today, you can do the whitening at home completely safe. There are many different options you can consider and choose the one that best suits your oral hygiene and health habits. Of course, the dentist’s advice shouldn’t be taken for granted, because, after all, they are the ones that perfectly knows your teeth and their condition. In combination with their knowledge and experience, they will know which product you can use to have the optimal results.

However, that doesn’t mean that you can’t buy the products by yourself at home. With today’s advanced technology you can buy such products from an online pharmacy or drug store and get instructions on how to use them. To make it easier for you, here is everything you should know about the process of teeth whitening and how to do it at home.

Different Types of Teeth Whitening Products

The teeth whitening formula comes in different shapes – gels, strips, toothpaste, and rinses.

The toothpaste is actually stained cleaners which means that they profoundly clean the teeth and strip them away from the stains and leave the teeth fresh, bright, and whiter. Thanks to the polishing agents they have in their formula, they are instantly effective. However, they don’t contain bleach so they can’t make them whiter than they naturally are – but they will make them a lot cleaner.

Usually, whitening toothpastes contain carbamide peroxide or hydrogen peroxide that lightens the tooth color. Still, one shade lighter the achieved result will be. Just to make a comparison, with the other, dentist-prescribed products can achieve a result three to eight shades lighter.

The gels and strips are very commonly used by people. They can be bought over the counter, or at the dentist’s. They come in different strengths (read the next section) and depending on the percentage of bleaching agents in the formula, they give different results. Also, you must be very careful and follow the instructions to the detail because overdoing it will probably permanently damage your teeth.

Whitening rinses work the same way the mouthwashes do. They make the breath fresh and decrease dental plaque. They also prevent gum diseases from developing. It is probably the fastest way to apply t but it takes about 12 weeks to notice the results. Every day, before washing the teeth you need to swish the rinse in the mouth for about 60 seconds and spit it out. It is needless to say that you mustn’t swallow it. If you accidentally do, you would feel nauseated and probably have diarrhea if the swallowed amount is small. If you have managed to swallow a bigger amount it is best to call a doctor because some of these rinses contain ethanol and fluoride that can be poisonous if consumed in big amounts.

Also Read: Best Ways to Maintain Oral Hygiene

Different Strengths of Whitening Gels

Whitening gels can be 10%, 15%, 20%, and 35%. The bigger the percentage, the more instant effect they have. However, the importance of following the instructions carefully arises proportionally as well. The percentage refers to the amount of bleaching agents present in the formula. For example, the 35% gel contains 35% carbamide peroxide that prompts maximum whiteness. There are brands like Opalescence which contain other ingredients in the formula that help with tooth sensitivity and strengthening of teeth, and very often these are the top picks by people and dentists.

The use of these gels is easy. You need a tray that needs to be filled with a continuous line of whitening gel and place the trays on the teeth. Make sure they are positioned comfortably and equally so that the gel is applied evenly. Then, you leave the trays in the mouth for no more than 30 minutes. After this, you need to remove the trays and wipe off the excess gel with a dry toothbrush and rinse the mouth with water. Don’t brush the teeth with toothpaste afterward because it will decrease the effect.

Are Teeth Whitening Products Safe to Use at Home?

Yes, they are safe. Carbamide peroxide is a completely safe ingredient and ingredients like potassium nitrate and fluoride, which are common ingredients as well,  help the teeth improve their health in the whitening process. You just need to make sure that you keep the gel applied for the exact time it is instructed.

All Things Considered

Whitening the teeth is not a hard and harmful procedure. You can do it at home, in perfectly safe conditions. Dentists can instruct you which product to buy or how to use it, and then you can proceed on your own. Having white teeth has never been easier than before. 

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