DIY Teeth Whitening
Hello! I am Ray, I have been working with dentistry for more than 15 years and must say until 1 to 2 years ago I would defend the position that having your teeth whitening supervised by a dentist, was a must.Today however, I have to be honest with you, I changed my mind.
I think you can, of course, look for a qualified professional for this procedure if you wish, but you do not have to.
You can do it yourself. Just be sure of the product you are provided is of great quality.
Take home kits come with very easy instructions to be followed, technique is simple, plus the chemicals, compared to the ones provided by a dentist, are pretty much the same.
How does it work?
DIY Teeth Whitening gels and solutions have the capacity to penetrate the pores of your teeth and gently push stains related to coffee, smoking, and wine out of them.
Generally speaking, the majority of systems will provide you with two trays that fit your upper and lower jaw after heated in hot water. You would put it in the mouth and conform it to the shape of each arch. They dry off and harden and can be re-used quite a few times.
It will come with 4 or 5 syringes of solutions which are normally called Hydrogen Peroxide or Carbamide Peroxide. They come in different concentration strengths. For the home kits, usually 6% to 32%. The lower the concentration is the longer the procedure takes. Hydrogen Peroxide is a little stronger in concentration and faster in action when compared to Carbamide. Although, both can work pretty well.
In terms of how much to use, how often and how to apply it on the trays, you should follow the manufacturer’s recommendations. But generally speaking, you would apply a little bubble of gel on the internal part of the tray that corresponds to the front or external side of each tooth. Do it 1 to 2 times a day, for 10 to 20 minutes.
Trays and teeth should be washed out after use.
You will notice that some systems will come with a blue light device, not a laser one, that causes to speed up the chemical reactions, making the procedure itself faster.
A shade guide may be provided so you can see how much in grade it whitens.
Generally treatment should be completed in 7 to 15 days. You will be able to do it again in 6 months intervals if you wish.
Will it be sensitive?
It can be. It is hard to tell, everyone is different. Some people will be fine, some will feel a bit, and a minority will not tolerate it, specially for the ones with thin enamel (the outer-white-layer of your teeth). The only way to know is trying, and my advice would be to put it away if very uncomfortable. If sensitive, it should completely disappear from 12 to 48 hours.
Does Teeth Whitening damage your teeth?
Abuse of any type can be damaging. Although, if you follow the instructions correctly and do not over use it (Procedure should not be done in intervals shorter than 6 months), you teeth will naturally remineralize from the open pores left by the bleaching agent.
Will it work for me?
We cannot predict it. Never try comparing your results with someone else you know or expect it will be the same as a friend or family member because each situation is a different one.
Elderly people may not be able to whiten as a young fellow, this is because they have yellower teeth the internal canals of the teeth are not less permeable and obliterated.
In very rare occasions it will not work at all. Most people have okay or great results.
There is also and option to have this whole procedure done in one hour. But chemical agents are normally really strong and can cause you hypersensitivity.
UV light teeth whitening in office
This is the option of having the whole procedure done in one hour in a professional chair for instance. The light accelerates the whitening gel action and chemical agents are generally stronger in concentration than the ones used at home and can cause you hypersensitivity.
There are some other types of teeth whitening such as whitening pens, powder, home kit with UV lights and without it.
If you are uncomfortable with your teeth as they may look yellowish and stains, we could try the Perfect Whitening Home Kits. There is a great range of products and they would, normally, cost you 50% to 60% cheaper than the ones purchased at a dental professional.
The Health and Fitness Ally Team – Written by rayrocks83