The most important factor to look for in a teeth whitening regimen is to find one that provides quick and powerful results without causing any long-term safety risks. A lot of the latest tooth whitening solutions use harmful chemicals that can erode tooth enamel and possibly lead to poor dental health in the long run. On top of that, these chemicals can be dangerous to swallow and swallowing some is almost inevitable during these treatments. So what are the most recent and the best teeth whitening methods that are also the safest?
Teeth bleaching is one common technique used for teeth whitening. This method is relatively safe because the dental professionals can create a tray that is built to fit each person's mouth. The advantage of this is that any extra liquid used in the bleaching won't end up going down the patient's throat. In addition, the trays are designed to sit in the patient's mouth safely for a long time, which means that less harsh chemicals can be used (since they have more time to work).
Teeth bleaching in this way is a lot more effective than most home-use products that use similar chemicals. For example, teeth whitening strips or toothpaste are much lower in concentration and are only used for short periods of time, so they can't provide the same levels of cleaning at all. A good teeth bleaching treatment will last for a full 30 minutes, which helps to ensure a thorough cleaning.
One similar alternative to teeth bleaching is a relatively new treatment referred to as laser teeth whitening. In this procedure, the patient's lips and gums are fully covered so none of the cleaning agent can get in their mouth. Then, a special gel solution is applied to the teeth. When combined with the special type of light, the combination results in drastically whiter teeth. While these treatment are sometimes called 'laser treatments,' there are no actual lasers used -just a special light. A few applications of the gel are applied and left to sit for a while, for a total treatment time of 45 minutes to an hour. The end result is long-lasting white teeth that are on average 8 shades lighter.
There are also some high tech teeth whitening solutions that are designed for home use. However, many of these treatments still require a visit to the dentist, who will prep you for the treatment and provide a molded tray that fits your teeth. Once it's been prepared, you're given a special kit that you can use at home. The instructions are easy to follow, and while the results may not be as effective as a dentist-performed whitening, they are usually better than other home-use methods.
For those who are afraid of taking a trip to visit the dentist, unfortunately there are no truly effective methods that you can use at home. If you want to get exceptionally whiter teeth, then you should call your dentist's office and see if they offer one of these advanced procedures.
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