Teeth Whitening Products
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Teeth Whitening Kit
The main difference between at home and professional bleaching at the dentist’s
The bleaching agent’s strength. Normally a lighter level of bleaching agent is contained in products available over-the-counter and it may situate around 10% of carbamide peroxide, or an equivalent of 3% hydrogen peroxide or at times reach the 22% of carbamide peroxide. On the other side, professional whitening product may contain up to 43% of carbamide peroxide to be applied under the strict eye of the dentist.
• Mouthpiece trays. The dentist can provide a very precise impression of your teeth and produce a customized tray which will exactly fit your mouth. With this kind of assurance, whitening gel can have direct contact with the teeth through the professionally made mouthpiece. The commonly available mouthpieces in shops are manufactured to fit standard sizes and are not specifically designed for your mouth implying that they will not exactly fit your mouth. This causes imprecise application of the gel which in turn can irritate the gums as the gel slips out of its normal path. In-Office procedures allow the gel to make contact directly and solely with the teeth.
– Additional protective measures. In this method the dentist protects the gum with another gel or uses a shield, sliding it over the teeth as protection against bleaching agents. This kind of security is not available in standard bleaching packages available over-the-counter.
– The speed of the process. At home packages and those assisted by the dentists require around 4 days continuous treatment with sessions of 1 or 3 hours daily. In-office sessions are quickest and most effective in that regards. The whitening product is subject of precise mechanism worked out under the expert hands of the dentist. He will also have recourse to accelarators like heat, light and laser and can achieve visible results within 1 to 30 minutes of treatment. Followed by a couple of sessions, spectacular results can be visible.
• Costs. Over-the-counter products are obviously cheaper with price range around $20 to $150. Under your dentist supervision, you may get a treatment for a price range of $150 – $300 per arch or $300-$600 for the entire mouth.
• Supervised vs. unsupervised process. Getting a dentist’s supervision provides another level of safety in the process. The Dentist is a professionally competent person who can diagnose your mouth completely coming up with a precise indication as regards your exact requirements. The causes of stains and its appropriate treatment will be determined in a more professional manner. You will also obtain professional indication on the frequency and level of treatment required for restoration. He also provides a better follow-up of the whole mechanism and with a couple of sessions he may ascertain whether the treatment is going in the right direction or take corrective actions in case of side-effects or other mishaps. You will not accede to such facilities if you are using over-the-counter systems and you will be left on you own to proceed
However, if you feel that you are really going towards a commonly available kit using the tray system, then please be sure to read the precautions that follow:
Try to select a kit that allows some customization of the mouthpiece. Some kits come with a mouthpiece that can be molded to some degree. These are better than others that come with a standard stock mouthpiece.
Try to gain the opinion of others who may have already tried the kit you are considering.
If at any time you experience a prolonged change in the color of your gums or an increased tooth sensitivity to hot or cold foods and beverages, stop wearing the mouthpiece and see your dentist immediately.