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Types of Teeth Whitening

People want to look good for as long as possible; the health and look of one’s teeth is important to this practice. Nobody wants rotting, or stained and yellow teeth. There are many ways to whiten the teeth. Some more effective and expensive than others. Let’s take a look at some of the ways, shall we?

Like most things, there are different ways to come to the same conclusion when it comes to teeth whitening. One of the most common methods is teeth whitening toothpaste. If one stays disciplined with the health of his or her teeth, they will practice the art of brushing. These forms of toothpaste use baking soda, abrasives, or chemicals that are used to polish the teeth, giving a reflective appearance by removing surface stains from the teeth. These toothpastes can take several weeks to see results. There are many different brands to choose from, so make sure to look for the ADA Seal of Acceptance when considering which whitening toothpaste to use. The cost varies but it will almost always be under $30 dollars for a tube.

Another option would be to use over-the-counter whitening products such as strips, brushes, and trays. These products allows the whitening substance more time on your teeth than a traditional toothpaste. The kits will generally contain peroxide that bleaches the teeth deeper than toothpaste, allowing the whitening to go beyond surface stains. Like toothpaste, look for the ADA Seal of Acceptance when considering which over-the-counter whitening product to use. Results usually can take up to one to two weeks and the costs are around $50-100 depending on the selection.

Take home kits are also available from the dentist office if one wants to take a more customized approach to teeth whitening at home. Many dentists provide take home products available through a ready-made kit or custom made trays with bleach. These kits generally contain a more concentrated level of bleach than most over-the-counter whitening kits. One can expect to see results in one to two weeks depending on the strength of the bleaching agent. These kits all vary by price but expect to spend anywhere between $150 to $200 for a kit.

If you prefer to stick to the dentist office for your teeth whitening needs there are options for you. One of them is zoom teeth whitening. This procedure takes up to 45 minutes and results are immediate. Zoom teeth whitening combines 25% hydrogen peroxide gel with a unique lamp to whiten your teeth. This method is a bit costly as you can expect to spend around $500 for the procedure.

Another option available at the dentist office is a boost. It uses a hydrogen peroxide based power gel to remove stains without the special light zoom whitening uses; the effect is immediate and the cost is also around $500.

These are some ideas to remember when thinking about teeth whitening options. As always, healthy lifestyle practices of brushing twice daily, avoiding foods high in sugar, refraining from using tobacco products, and other lifestyle choices will also be preventative and effective.

 

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