Tooth whitening methods

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tooth whitening methods

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January 2015

Are you a little confused about which whitening method to choose? To count on a cheaper home remedy or to trust a specialist? Find out what produce the best effects!

Nowadays, we have plenty of methods and products, which are to give us a glamorous smile. Here are the most popular methods of tooth whitening. You will certainly find one that is right to you.

In-office whitening

This method requires many appointments in a dentist's office and is quite expensive, however, you are sure to minimize the risk of side effects such as gum irritation or tooth sensitivity. The effects should last for about three years and the treatment last from four to eight weeks. This method is the best for someone who have dark teeth.

Gel prescribed by a dentist

A product recommended by a specialist is a perfect choice for someone who is afraid of side effects. A dentist will correctly pick the best product for your teeth and gums. Choose this method if you have really dark discolorations. The effects will last for about three years.

Dental crowns

Thanks to this method we can whiten one tooth that is damaged or dead (e.g. after the canal root treatment). The effect may last even for fifteen years. The most common side effect is an impression of having a foreign body in your mouth.

Porcelain veneers

This method consists in putting veneers over the teeth. Apart from the whitening effect, they may also improve the form and size of your teeth. The effects last from ten to fifteen years and a side effect - similarly to the dental crowns - is the impression of having a foreign body in your mouth.

Gels available in shops

Widely available products usually contain lesser concentration of whitening agent, therefore, the effects (which last only for about a year) will be less visible. They can also irritate your gums and cause teeth sensitivity.

Whitening toothpaste

The efficacy of the extoled in commercials whitening toothpastes is, in fact, similar to the "normal" toothpastes. The effects are poor and last usually for several weeks. Some whitening toothpastes may cause tooth sensitivity.

Whitening stripes

Widely available whitening stripes should produce whitening effect, however, there is a risk that the discoloration in hardly reachable areas won't be removed. The effect lasts for about a year.

Remember that all above mentioned methods (except dental crowns and veneers) produce best effects when your teeth have a yellowish shade. In the case of a grey or brown plaque, whitening treatment won't be so effective.