Tooth Whitening Basics
White teeth are no longer a luxury but a necessity to attract a mate, land a job or just give you more confidence in your daily activities. At BrightenTeeth.com it is our goal to provide you with insight on the teeth whitening processes, products and procedures.
There are many affordable options to brighten your teeth and whiten you smile. Teeth Whitening is either an at home process or cosmetic procedure done at a dentist office. If your teeth are not as white as you want them to be you have many options to whiten or brighten your teeth.
Options for At Home Whitening
Over the counter whitening kits usually contain a one size fits all tray that comes pre-filled with a bleaching gel or has a separate bleaching gel that is applied to the tray. The bleaching agents are usually a lower concentration than the dentist supervised take-home whiteners. Results are usually dependent on the length of time of use. Trays are inserted for a half hour or so. Trays cost from about $20 to $100.
Whitening Strips are thin plastic strips that are coated with a bleaching agent. They are removed from their packaging and applied directly to the teeth for a half hour or so. Usually they are used for about two weeks. Whitening strips cost from $20 to $80 per box.
Whitening toothpastes contain stain dissolving chemicals, such as sodium tripolyphosphate, or polishing agents that act as a mild abrasive. Whiten toothpastes can be used every day. As with any tooth paste, make sure the whiten tooth paste is recommended by the American Dental Association. Whiten toothpastes cost from $5 to $40 per tube.
Generally contain a peroxide ingredient that whitens teeth. Generally, you rinse your mouth with them for 30 seconds to a minute before brushing. Whitening mouthwashes cost between $5 to $20.