February 1, 2023

Teeth whitening products are flooding the market today. Understanding what each product is and what is can do is confusing at times. But the fact remains, yellow teeth are not attractive. Teeth become yellow by smoking, eating and drinking certain foods. Can these home teeth whitening kits really work?

Getting Your Teeth White

Professional teeth whitening by a dentist is considered to be the most effective method. The dentist does raise fear in people; this all started during childhood and has stayed with people into adulthood. Using a professional dentist to whiten teeth for some people is not cost effective. The cost of getting this procedure done is out of reach for many. According to recent studies dentists will not recommend products but they all agree on one basic fact, using over the counter products will whiten teeth if used properly.

As technology advances and regulations are relaxed many of the over counter products contain the same ingredients as the professional whitening systems. The ingredients in professional systems are hydrogen peroxide and carbamide which are now used in home teeth whitening kits.

Studies have shown that using over the counter products regularly and using them properly might outlast the professional whitening systems.

Home Teeth Whitening Kits

Upper And Lower Trays: The upper and lower trays fit over your teeth. These need to be fitted properly or the solution will not bond with your teeth, which will reduce the whitening effect. Most of these tray systems need to be worn for many hours. Some have reported sensitivity to their gums from the use of this product.

Clear Strips: This type of system uses two clear strips one for the upper teeth and one for the bottom teeth. The whitening solution is already applied to the strips so there is no mess. When applying the strips they need to adhere properly to the teeth or the solution will not activate. Some people still report gum sensitivity with this product but is minimal compared to trays.

Whitening Pens: The pen solution is easier and faster to use. The pen is small and compact. The whitening solution is inside the pen and is dispensed when the tip is pressed against the tooth. When applying the solution to each tooth make sure to cover the entire tooth. The pen allows for equal distribution of the solution assuring that each tooth is whitening equally to the others.

Each whitening system varies from person to person, it all depends on the condition of teeth and how
often the teeth whitening system is used.