Teeth Whitening: What
Are At Home Procedures and Products?
If you are looking
to improve your image, if you are dieting and exercising
... you may also have found yourself interested in a
better, more attractive smile.
The aging process
and the food we eat can end up causing out teeth to
become stained and discolored. If you want to do something
about this process, but if you also want to avoid all
of the expenses involved with cosmetic dentistry, you
might want to consider teeth whitening products that
can be used at home.
Teeth Whitening Products -- Big Business
in the 21st Century
Vanity is big business.
Therefore, it is no surprise that teeth whitening is
also big business and with today’s society wanting everything
faster and easier, at home teeth whitening products
are flying off the shelves. With all the products and
various claims that they make, it is difficult to make
sense of each one’s claim of effectiveness. From teeth
whitening toothpastes to over-the-counter products that
promise to remove stains and give people a whiter, brighter
smile. Prices of these whiteners range anywhere from
about $10 to $50. This is a substantially less expensive
alternative to the hundreds of dollars that dentists
charge for in-office whitening procedures. However,
the strength of these products is less than in office
treatments so they may require the purchase of several
kits in order to achieve the desired effect. This can
run into hundreds of dollars in the long run.
These products all
contain peroxide, over-the-counter products contain
less than those used in dental offices. The amount of
peroxide, though, is not as important as the implements
used to deliver the product to the surface of the teeth.
This may be trays, tape or film. It is important that
the whitening agent be held against the teeth so that
it can do its job and the implement that does this the
best will achieve the best results. The winner of this
category seems to be the custom-made dental tray that
the user fills with a peroxide based gel. These soft,
thin plastic trays fit against the teeth, delivering
the whitening agent to the whole tooth. Custom trays,
made to specifically fit the user’s mouth, are available,
but are more expensive.
Although we do mention
some popular brands of at home teeth whitening products,
nothing in this article should be construed to be a
specific recommendation of any one of these products.
Rather, this article merely is intended to provide you
with a useful starting point in your own search for
an effective, at home tooth whitening regimen.
offers a strip of tape that is coated with the peroxide.
It sticks to the teeth and whitens in a rather short
time. Other products include paint on gel such as Colgate-Palmolive’s
Simply White. Oral B has a whitening pen. All of these
products contain the same ingredients, just different
delivery systems. It is up to the user to decide which
is best for them.