Friday, July 19, 2013

6 Secrets for Whiter Teeth

Best Teeth Whitening
Whiter, brighter teeth can dazzle any smile and boost confidence.  Knowing how to whiten your teeth and keep them bright and white can be expensive and even painful, unless you know the secrets and steps to all the choices available.

Types of Teeth Whitening
Before whitening your teeth, check with a dentist.  You may not be a good candidate for teeth whitening if you have sensitive teeth, have tooth decay or old faulty fillings, are allergic to peroxide, are pregnant, under the age of 16, have gray teeth, or have high expectations that whitening will result in a movie star smile.

If none of the above applies to you, then one of the following types of teeth whitening will help brighten your smile.


  1. Whitening Strips
    - Strips are thin and coated with a peroxide-based gel.  You apply the strip two times a day for approximately 30 minutes for two weeks.  Within a few days you should see results.
  2. Whitening Gels
    - These are also peroxide-based but are applied with a brush directly to the surface of the teeth.  To see results, you apply the gel two times a day for two weeks. 
  3. Whitening Toothpaste
    - There really is no “whitening toothpaste”.  Just about all toothpaste help remove surface stains, because they contain some form of abrasive.  Depending on how mild or strong the abrasive, some may even cause sensitivity but they will not bleach your teeth.
  4. Whitening Rinses
    -  By swishing these products in your mouth for 60 seconds twice a day before brushing your teeth, you can see results of whiter teeth within 12 weeks.  The whitening rinse contains hydrogen peroxide as the agent to bleach your teeth.  However, swallowing any of the hydrogen peroxide or using it more frequently, may cause damage to your gums.  Studies report long-term use of hydrogen peroxide may cause damage to the delicate gum tissues.
  5. Teeth Whiteners with Pre-made Trays (OTC)
    - The very thin trays are available with the hydrogen peroxide gel already in them.  You fit the tray to your teeth and wear them from 15 minutes to 2 hours a day.  You should see some results within 3-4 days.
  6. Teeth Whiteners with Custom Trays
    -  Dentists can make you custom trays and supply you with a kit of whitening gel (usually in syringes) that you apply to the tray and place over your teeth.  The whitening material is made of the active ingredient carbomide peroxide ranging between 10-15% in strength.  Within a few days of wearing the trays for 2 hours – 4 hours a day, you should see results. This type may range from $150 - $1500.
  7. In-office Whitening
    - With the in-office whitening, your dentist will apply the gel to each tooth.  This type of whitening uses       the strongest form of carbamide peroxide, usually between 12 – 44% content.  A high intensity light may   be used to help with the setting process.  Reports have not proven that the light actually makes your       teeth whiter, but it does accelerate the process.  Nevertheless, the in-office whitening does save time in   the results can be seen immediately.  The in-office whitening typically is a 60 – 90 minute procedure.  Your dentist may ask you to return for an additional appointment for touch ups.  This is the most expensive type of whitening.  Prices may range between $500 - $2500 or more.

6 Steps to Whiter Teeth and How to Keep Your Teeth Brighter LongerTypically your teeth will stay white for up to 6 months following teeth whitening. The following are tips that will help you keep them whiter for a longer period versus getting stains quickly.
1. Red wine, tea, coffee, and colas will stain teeth. 
2. Types of foods such as balsamic vinegar, beets, blueberries, blackberries, cherries, red grapes and pomegranates tend to stain teeth.
3.  Sauces containing deeply colored foods such as soy sauce, curry, turmeric, saffron, and tomato sauce or paste have staining potential.


4. Use baking soda toothpaste.  Baking soda tends to gently remove stains without being too abrasive.
3. Tobacco products are the enemy of whiter teeth.  Avoid all types.
4.  Foods that clean your teeth and keep stains away include: apples, broccoli, celery, spinach.
5.  Chew xylitol gum after eating or drinking to help remove stains.
6.  Certain sweets tend to stain teeth, including those with coloring agents, such as popsicles.

Best Teeth Whitening Kits
For over-the-counter types of whitening kits, the easiest ones contain the gel right in the tray.  Tres White
is a popular kit that comes with pre-filled trays. The gel is also sold to dentists under a different brand name as a professional teeth whitening system in syringe form for custom trays.


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