DIY Teeth Whitening At Home: What You Always Wanted To Know.
Are over-the-counter whitening gels, strips and tray gel kits safe?
Why are do-it-yourself bleaching products ineffective?
Bleaching products from the drugstore or eBay do not contain enough carbamide peroxide or hydrogen peroxide to permanently change tooth color. According to the legislator, they may have a maximum active ingredient concentration of 0.1%. Dental practices, on the other hand, work with much higher concentrations (0.1-6% home bleaching and in-office bleaching up to 35%), which makes it possible to achieve a beautiful, even whitening of the teeth.
Also, it happens very easily that users make mistakes when bleaching at home. In turn, incorrect application of the products can lead to unexpected and undesirable results. Why, you will learn in the following paragraphs.
Bleaching - Pens, Strips And Tinctures: Cheap, Ineffective And Often Harmful
Bleaching strips (strips) for teeth whitening are widely available. They are available for little money in drugstores or on the Internet. The same applies to bleaching pens for treating individual teeth, as well as special tinctures with which the user brushes his teeth. In most cases, you will achieve a slight teeth-whitening effect with these products. However, the hoped-for wow effect will not occur with them.
Since the strips (whitening strips) only lie on the tooth surfaces, the bleaching agent does not reach the interdental spaces. With the bleaching pen and the tincture, the application is often not even. For this reason, the result of these methods is often stained. We say: better slightly darker teeth than stained ones!
Another problem we often encounter is the tooth and gum irritation that occurs when the products are used excessively and improperly. Many users repeat the procedure if they are dissatisfied after the first pass. Then, after several passes, they suddenly complain of painful teeth.
Sets Of Dental Trays And Whitening Gel: One For All!
Many of the do-it-yourself products come as a set of universal dental trays and bleaching gels. Since these trays are not individually adapted to the user’s teeth, it is difficult to dose the bleaching gel. Some teeth get too little, others too much of the gel. If this then oozes out of the trays, severe gum irritation is pre-programmed.
Pseudo-Professional Teeth Whitening Sets
Special Toothpastes For Teeth Whitening
Many toothpastes with the promise of whiter teeth contain bicarbonate and sometimes Blue Covarine, a dye that makes yellow teeth look whiter for a short time. The active principle of these toothpastes is based primarily on medium to high abrasion. The abrasion more or less reliably removes tea, red wine and nicotine stains. This gives the impression of whiter teeth, although the paste actually only makes them particularly clean and makes them “look” whiter. Users do not achieve real teeth whitening with it.
The main disadvantage of abrasive toothpastes is that they can cause severe damage to tooth enamel and especially to exposed tooth necks.
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In Summary: The Main Advantages And Disadvantages Of Diy Home - Bleaching
What are the effective and safe options for teeth whitening?
Controlled home bleaching: convenient teeth whitening at home
In-office bleaching: Efficient, Fast And Safe Bleaching At The Dentist's Office
With in-office bleaching, the bleaching gel is applied directly to the teeth. In this process, the dentist or specially trained dental assistant works with a concentration of active ingredients that is much higher than in over-the-counter products. The additional use of UV light activates and accelerates tooth whitening. The sensitive gums are covered before the treatment begins and thus are perfectly protected.
In most cases, one dental session is sufficient for significantly whitened teeth and a radiant smile. In the case of very dark teeth, however, up to three treatments may be necessary. After the bleaching treatment, a special dental care product is applied to protect your teeth.
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