Teeth whitening is becoming more and more popular, with a number of options available on the market, but which is the best teeth whitening option for you? So here is everything you need to know about your teeth whitening options:
Teeth Whitening Tooth Paste
Whitening toothpaste is designed to help remove surface stains with abrasive ingredients, such as silica, which scrub the surface of the teeth. While whitening toothpaste is affordable, it will not help remove more deep-set stains and can damage the enamel of your teeth if used too often. While results will vary from product to product, the results you see with whitening toothpaste will not be dramatic and it will take time.
The severity of the staining of your teeth will impact how the whitening toothpaste works. In some cases, it can make stains more apparent and some teeth might be impacted differently than others, giving an uneven result. You may also find, that it does not help the discolouration of the teeth caused by age or smoking, and it may exacerbate sensitive teeth.
Teeth Whitening Strips
Teeth-whitening strips are small strips of plastic which are coated in peroxide or bleach, which can be bought over the counter in most pharmacies. Like any over the counter whitening product containing peroxide, the percentage of peroxide is restricted to 0.1% in the UK, while teeth whitening products prescribed by your dentist can contain up to 6% peroxide.
Whitening Strips are applied to your teeth according to the package directions so that the peroxide comes into contact with your enamel. This allows the peroxide to lift stains and discolouration from the surface of your teeth. Teeth-whitening strips are an affordable and easy to use option however do not offer the same results as professional whitening.
Teeth-whitening strips are one of the more gentle options however they will not be able to help lift deep-set stains or discolouration, can cause uneven whitening when teeth are crowded and can cause sensitivity in some patients.
Home Teeth Whitening Kits
Much like whitening strips, home teeth whitening kits which are sold over the counter, have up to 0.1% peroxide in the whitening gel, which will limit it’s ability to only lifting surface stains, with deep-set stains remaining after use. Over the counter home teeth whitening kits do offer a more affordable option, however will limit your results and the quality of the kit will vary from brand to brand. There is also a risk of teeth sensitivity with any whitening gel or peroxide product.
Professional Home Teeth Whitening
Home teeth whitening from your dentist offers you high-quality whitening with use of whitening trays and professional whitening gel. Your whitening trays will be moulded to your teeth moulded to help to avoid uneven whitening, while the whitening gel prescribed to you by your dentist if stronger than those sold over the counter and offers better results. Dentists in the UK can prescribe whitening gel containing up to 6% peroxide. You will also receive more support with an assessment of your oral health beforehand and continued support to help you get the results you desire.
Home teeth whitening is normally a longer treatment program, which helps to brighten your smile several shades. We normally recommend you wear your whitening trays overnight for the best result, however they can be worn for as little as 20minutes, depending on the recommendation of your dentist.
Although initially more expensive, once you have your whitening trays, you can continue to use them and top up your results whenever they begin to fade over the years, with the prescribed gel which is very affordable.
Laser Teeth Whitening or Zoom Whitening
Many dental clinics now offer professional laser teeth whitening. Laser teeth whitening helps to offer a brighter smile in just one session. The infrared laser used helps to activate the whitening gel, to speed up results. Sessions normally last around 1 hour and are overseen by a dentist. While this option does offer a quick result, it will not offer you the ability to go several shades lighter in one sitting. If you are looking to remove deep-set stains, professional home teeth whitening will likely be your best and most cost-effective option.