A few years ago, teeth whitening or bleaching was a procedure that could be done with a dentist’s appointment only. Now, however, it is extremely easy to perform the process at home by buying dental whitening kits. With the increasing availability and convenience, they are becoming more and more common now and are regularly used by people at home.
Why use a teeth whitening kit at home?
There are numerous benefits of carrying out a teeth whitening procedure at home. For one, it obviously saves you a trip to the dentist and the process takes a very short time to complete at home – about 30 minutes. Not to mention, it is also extremely economical compared to a dentist. Instead of paying heavy fees, you can purchase a home teeth whitening kit for $20-$30 and that too for two people! This makes the process extremely affordable.
Home teeth whitening kits are also extremely effective when used properly, and can lighten your teeth by several shades with just one use. They are also said to be safer, since they contain lesser bleaching agents than those available at a dentist’s office. They are also commonly available on the internet, which makes it convenient to choose the best type and price.
What do teeth whitening kits include?
A typical kit includes a mouth tray and a bleaching gel that contains hydrogen peroxide. The gel is supposed to be placed in the tray, and the tray is then supposed to be placed inside the mouth for a specified amount of time – usually half an hour to an hour. If time allows, the tray can also be left in the mouth overnight for the best results, though this is not necessary. The process leaves the teeth whitened on both front and back, and is effective in removing staining caused from foods, drinks and smoking.
Teeth whitening strips are also available on the market. However, they are often not preferred because they only whiten the front of the teeth, while the sides and the back remain stained. As opposed to this, a gel-based teeth whitening kit performs complete action covering all sides and is therefore more effective. The best kits include LED accelerators that can provide amazing results with just one treatment, making the teeth 5-6 shades lighten in just 30 minutes to 1 hour!
How to maintain teeth whitening
In addition to purchasing a teeth whitening kit, you can take measures to ensure that you prevent staining in future and sustain the white teeth. For this, baking soda can be used as toothpaste. Other methods like charcoal are also now being used to keep the teeth white. You can also use a hydrogen peroxide based mouthwash to gargle daily and to maximize and maintain the benefit achieved from the bleaching kit.
While the process is easy to administer, ensure that you purchase a product that is safe for all types of gums, and is not detrimental. Ideally, find something that is best for sensitive teeth and gums, so as to ensure there are no side effects.