I read somewhere that teeth whitening became mainstream, and part of pop culture when it was featured on the popular "Seinfeld" TV show in the 1990s. Of course, once we see something on television it sparks our interest to find out more.
We can not really call Teeth Whitening a trend that may come and go, because decades later it's still popular all over the world and growing strong, even in these tough economic times. It's almost become a staple in our mainstream culture as part of our beautifying ritual. People want to feel good about the way they look, as vain as they may sound and it's the small things that can sometimes make the biggest difference.
Society has seemed to establish that we are not going to stop drinking coffee, wine, or tea, eating dark chocolate or even smoking if that's your vice because it stains our teeth. Instead, we expect a great product to reverse their effects fast and safely with no side effects.
Many of us also suffer from teeth discolorations due to aging, extended use of medication, or from the natural build-up of organic pigments in addition to certain types of foods and drinks. We know we can not stop the aging process, but we can certainly look like we've put up a good fight. Whiter teeth can make us look years younger.
The process of finding the best teeth whitening method can be overwhelming. The bottom line is when it comes to whitening teeth, the key is to achieve a whiter smile that you and others will notice, while still noticing you.
The number of teeth whitening products available on the market today can be judged by how well they work, comfort, how easy they are to use, and the degree to which they brighten teeth. In the end, you have to go with what you are most comfortable. Be sure to keep these questions in mind as well before before making your purchase. Where's the company located? How are they being made? What's the quality? What's the safest, most cost-effective product that will give you natural results? How strong is the gel?
I've compiled well-known various methods. The basic teeth whitening kits and products offered can be separated into seven categories; professional strength tray bathing systems, boil and bite tray bleaching systems, non-moldable tray bleaching systems, whitening strips, whitening sprays, brush-on gels, as well as, whitening toothpaste. In a separate category, the light / heat activated whitening systems are performed in a dentist office.
I can tell you which ones you should avoid: over the counter gels and light treatments at the dentist. Let's start with over the counter gels. The level you are going to want to achieve that would make even the slightest difference, could take up to 14 days. Who has 14 days to wait for white teeth? And even if you had the time, why would you want to wait for that long? Usually the results are minimal and may leave you disappointed.
I purchased a few different brands to try them out myself. Companies that bought us whitening strips are a wonderful when it comes to toothpaste, but their whitening gel did not even stay on my teeth. I ended up either spitting out or accidentingly swallowing most of it.
The Brush-on gels, whitening toothpastes, and whitening sprays are not very effective either. You can however, use a toothpaste that contains small amounts of whitening ingredients for daily maintenance along with your regular oral hygiene routine.
The professional custom fit whitening kit has proven to be the favorite amongst consumers. The kits come with a temporary tray, the boil and bite, which you can use while waiting for your custom fitted tray to arrive. Custom fitted trays are extremely important in the whitening process. It's what holds the gel to your teeth. It works through a process called "full curing". The trays tightly wrapped around your teeth pressure the gel through the surface of your teeth to the actual pulp of your tooth maximizing the bleaching effect.
These types of custom fit trays are manufactured at an on-site dental lab at a fraction of the cost than dentists charge. Your teeth will become 10 shades lighter by the end of the whitening process using this home whitening kit. At home whitening kits that are most effective use 22% to 44% strength carbamide peroxide, which is about 400 times the level of over the counter whitening gels, yet still safe to use.
Usually you will get a full money back guarantee if you do not achieve the results promised. If you do not use custom fitted trays, you may end up with spotting and uneven whitening. If you find the right one, you can even get the kits that carries min-flavored gel for a more enjoyable whitening experience. Just remember, if you feel over filled your trays with gel, spit it out, never swallow. The kit is user-friendly, uncomplicated, and includes a step-by-step do it yourself manual. It takes about three days to get your trays back once you send your impression to the lab. You are then at the home stretch to getting a whiter smile.
It's important to remember to follow directions carefully. If you overfill the mouth trays, forget to wipe your gums or keep the trays in more than the recommended time, you may damage your teeth or increase their sensitivity.
The boil and bite bleaching systems, which also come in the custom fit kits, are ideal for temporary use. These do not last, are usually inconvenient if used for long term.
Laser light Treatments available at a dentist office, have been the cause of many horror stories within the teeth whitening industry. Stories of patients popping Advil like candy, having extreme tooth pain following the procedure, and not being able to eat solid food for days are just a few. Not only is it painful and risky especially for those who already have sensitive teeth, the results are very unnatural looking. People who undergo this treatment are often teased about their teeth being too white and blinding. Plus, you end up having to purchase a custom fit tray for maintenance, when it's all complete, it will cost you around $ 600.
Before its television debut, teeth whitening industry was already gaining popularity in the dental profession. The 1989 breakthrough development by Haywood-Haymann were the duo who carbamide peroxide in the lead as the most effective key ingredient in the whitening process. Not everyone could afford going to the dentist, so in the 1990's companies began developing substitutes with over-the-counter whitening products. These products were available primarily as toothpastes that claimed to whiten teeth as they clean or sold as special liquid solutions applied to teeth apart from the brushing process. They contained the same active ingredients used in professional office whitening procedures, but at lower strengths. We all wanted to believe they would work because they were produced from the same companies that welcomed us our favorite toothpaste brands keeping our teeth healthy. Disappointingly, they had very little effect on removing stains from the enamel.
You should always try to maintain good oral health in general by regularly brushing and flossing for healthy teeth and gums under the surface in addition to whitening. After all, that is what true beauty really is.