Tooth Whitening. What really works?

There are so many products available these days claiming to whiten your teeth. How can you make sure you are getting bang for your buck and at the same time not damage your teeth or gums?

Cheaper tooth whitening options can either not be strong enough to actually whiten your teeth or can carry several risks and dangers, such as tooth sensitivity, gum irritation, uneven whitening and enamel damage.

So let’s look at some of the options available:

Professional Whitening Treatments:

Professional whitening treatments performed by a dentist offer the most effective and safest results. Dentists are able to use higher concentrations of whitening agents such as hydrogen peroxide (40%) or carbamide peroxide (45%) At these strengths, your dentist has the knowledge to ensure that your gums are protected to minimise sensitivity and gum irritation. These treatments are customised to individual needs and provide noticeable results in a short amount of time.

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The outcome of not using safe techniques to safeguard the gum tissue.

Customised At-Home Whitening Kits:

Dentists may also provide customised at-home whitening kits that include custom-made trays and professional-grade whitening gel. There are different strengths to these gels, between 10-45% carbamide peroxide. While these kits take longer to achieve results compared to in-office treatments, they are still highly effective and offer the convenience of whitening at home.

Whitening Toothpaste and Mouthwash:

The concentration of the whitening agent is just too low, usually around 2-5%, and is not in contact with your tooth surface long enough to have any effect at all. Often these toothpastes contain abrasive agents such as baking soda or even charcoal that can damage your teeth.

Over-the-Counter Whitening Strips or Trays:

Again, with over-the-counter whitening strips or trays, the concentration of the whitening agent is just too low to have an effect. They can also be really tricky to use.

By combining professional treatments with at-home maintenance and healthy habits, you can achieve and maintain a brighter, whiter smile effectively and safely. Consulting with a dentist is essential to determine the most suitable whitening approach based on your individual needs and oral health status. Why not reach out to the team at Renew Dental Lounge to help you achieve great tooth whitening results!

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