If you are thinking of getting teeth whitening to bring out the full potential of your attractive smile, you may be wondering whether you should opt for one of those home kits that claim to whiten your teeth while you relax at home, or whether going to the dentist for laser teeth whitening is the answer.
What makes teeth whiter?
Our level of self-confidence and how people view us on a daily basis are closely related. As people get older, their teeth naturally become yellow from plaque or from smoking or coffee stains. White teeth may be a sign of youth and good health. You can look better with whiter teeth, and when you look good, you will feel good.
Do I need to whiten my teeth?
A dose of white is the most effective way to bring a beautiful smile to life. The main factor in the fading of the whiteness of the teeth is related to lifestyle. The worst causes include smoking, drinking coffee or tea, and chewing tobacco, but so can any food or drink that stains clothes and teeth. Maintaining brushing and flossing techniques is crucial to removing these stains.
Because they contain mild abrasives, all toothpastes help remove surface stains. Some toothpastes designed to remove stains more effectively than others use chemical or gentle polishing agents. Whitening toothpastes can lighten the color of teeth because they do not contain the strong prescription-strength whitening agents. When regular brushing, flossing, and whitening toothpaste have been tried and tested, and you still want to get whiter teeth, a professional teeth-whitening solution may be needed. Your teeth may become three to eight shades lighter with prescription strength whitening performed in your dentist’s office.
How does whitening your teeth work?
One of two methods is used to whiten teeth:
Remove most external stains by physical and chemical abrasion.
Surface stains can be removed using no-bleach techniques by physical and/or chemical procedures. To eliminate surface stains between teeth, all toothpastes rely on both physical abrasion from brushing and mild chemical abrasion. Special chemicals or polishing compounds used in whitening toothpaste can remove excess surface stains on teeth. Most external stains from food and tobacco are removed during a professional cleaning by a dentist or hygienist using abrasive and polishing.
Removing both superficial and deep stains by specialized bleaching.
The natural color of your teeth is changed by prescription whitening treatments, which often make them five to seven shades lighter. Clinic and home teeth whitening relies on professional whitening. Bleach contains an active ingredient that removes both superficial and deep stains in concentrations ranging from 10% to 22%. There are large price disparities between the different whitening techniques:
The light-activated, in-office whitening procedure at your dentist’s office or dental center results in instantly whiter and often noticeably whiter teeth. But after a year or two of eating regularly and drinking things like coffee, tea, and soft drinks, your teeth start to look somewhat white again and new stains appear.
Brushing and using whitening strips are examples of over-the-counter (pharmacy) teeth whitening solutions. Because the concentration of the active ingredient in over-the-counter solutions is lower than that of in-office whitening, multiple applications are often required to monitor benefits, and the spike in whitening is usually lower than in-office whitening.
Here is a side-by-side comparison of using at-home whitening products and laser teeth whitening:
Home whitening kits
In order to remove stains from the teeth, store-bought home whitening products help whiten the surface of the teeth. Most kits include strips, as well as hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide. Users, who will then wait for it to work on their teeth for a while, will apply the whitening gel. Regular use can reduce the appearance of discolored teeth.
The sets are reasonably priced and accessible online and in stores. Results, however, may vary. Professional whitening is the preferred option if you want to be sure that you are doing it safely and with guaranteed results.
When do you expect results? Unlike using the laser whitening procedure at the dentist, it often takes several sessions for the teeth to become lighter depending on the condition and the stains on them.
Laser teeth whitening
The best option for teeth whitening is laser whitening if you want fast, safe and guaranteed results. The prescription-strength whitening agent gel will be heated and activated by a laser during a professionally monitored procedure. This process speeds up and improves teeth whitening results.
Cons: The home kit will cost much less than laser teeth whitening. It must be completed in the dental office, and depending on the patient’s dental condition, not all patients will be eligible. However, when this is done, the consequences are swift and dizzying.
How does the laser teeth whitening system work?
- To keep the solution on the surfaces of your teeth, a whitening gel made of hydrogen peroxide and thickening agents is applied to the front of your teeth.
- When using a laser or whitening light to start the whitening procedure on your teeth, you must remain motionless.
- Some whitening procedures need three 15-minute sessions in one session.
- Between sessions, the gauze and liquid dams will be checked to ensure that the soft tissues of the mouth remain safe and dry.
- Avoid specific foods and drinks after treatment because enamel pores are more prone to absorption stains (lipstick, coffee, soda, etc.) and sensitive to cold food items (ice cream, cold drinks, etc…).
One of the biggest risks associated with at-home whitening kits is the potential for a bleaching solution to drip onto your gums. Gum tissue may become sensitive, painful, or even damaged as a result. In order to protect your gums from the in-office whitening process, the doctor will carefully cover them with a protective material.
Advantages of laser whitening
- In most cases, a quick process takes less than an hour.
- It is a simple and non-invasive process.
- There are no needles, and the process is painless.
- Instead of whitening all your teeth, you can choose which one is suitable.
- Even if other teeth whitening techniques are not able to get rid of stubborn stains, this method does.
- The result of this method of teeth whitening is a guaranteed, easy and long-lasting result.
There are many teeth whitening solutions available, and we hope that we have given you enough information to enable you to choose the one that best suits your specific requirements.