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When it comes to teeth whitening, there are thousands of products and companies that make bold and outright ridiculous claims. Our aim is to clarify them for you, once and for all, what works and what does not and also how to ensure your teeth whitening treatment is legally prescribed. Firstly, it is important for you to identify two different types of teeth whitening treatment and the results you can achieve from them. The two forms of teeth whitening are: Mechanical Whitening and Chemical Whitening.
Mechanical Whitening includes teeth whitening products such as teeth whitening toothpaste, whitening toothbrushes, whitening mouthwash, mouth rinses and dental floss. These products can remove stains, polish teeth and whiten your smile and you can expect to achieve a half to 1 full shade lighter. The best way to think of these products is as your white smile 'maintenance'. However, the whitening results are limited, as highlighted in a BBC documentary. These whitening products cannot get you 'Hollywood-white' but they can help remove staining during your teeth whitening treatment and keep your smile whiter for longer. They should form part of your daily teeth maintenance routine, for not just a 'white smile' but a 'HEALTHY WHITE SMILE'.
The difference between a 'healthy white smile' and 'white smile' can be drastic. There are many products on the market that claim to be for teeth whitening but are extremely abrasive and damaging to tooth enamel, leading to a whole host of dental problems in the future. When selecting whitening toothpaste, it is always best to consult your dentist beforehand. Other than whitening toothpaste there are hundreds of teeth whitening products online that claim to be able to whiten teeth without the use of peroxide. Whilst these products can have an effect, the most effective way to whiten your teeth is through the use of peroxide and this is called Chemical Whitening.
Chemical Whitening is the only way to effectively whiten teeth for a long period of time. Anything that claims to whiten using coconut oil, moss from arctic rocks, crystals that activate in sunlight are all sales gimmicks. You may have heard of the use of U.V. lamps for teeth whitening. It is important to note that this product can be used for a short term cosmetic benefit that will not last unless you complete a follow up treatment of teeth whitening gels. This can be good for patients looking for an immediate result and are willing to ontinue treatment in longer term.
So what should you do? The answer is simple - SPEAK TO YOUR DENTIST. It is no surprise that the best person for teeth whitening is a qualified dentist. They are able to use the strongest concentrations of peroxide delivered via safe teeth whitening procedures and methods, providing the best results. You may be thinking of 'but it is too costly and expensive!' thankfully this is no longer the case. Dentists are now able to offer teeth whitening products for every budget, including teeth whitening strips, dissolving teeth whitening strips, and best of all, whitening trays. The cost of the products will vary depending on the results they can achieve and the amount of time involved in administering the whitening treatment.
Now, you have a better understanding of the above two different forms of teeth whitening and their related products. If you have yet to take any teeth whitening treatment, why not get started today and shop for the best teeth whitening products for yourself?