Types of Teeth Whitening Products
Many professionals have been monitoring the different types of teeth whitening products and how effective they are at whitening. Teeth whitening is considered a cosmetic procedure as it is meant to improve a person’s smile and the appearance by making the teeth whiter and brighter.
How Does Whitening Work?
Teeth whitening is the process of making the teeth whiter in appearance. There are two basic ways of achieving these results. Some products use bleach to change the color of the teeth. Bleaching products have peroxide in them to remove stains both on the surface and those which are deeper. Non-bleaching products use agents that either work using a chemical or physical action that removes only surface stains.
What are the types of whitening products?
Products that whiten teeth can be dispensed by the dentist for use at home, purchased over the counter, or be administered by the dentist in his office. They are categorized into two basic groups:
- Bleaching agents that contain peroxide
- Toothpastes that have whitening properties
Which one should I use?
If you are planning on using a bleaching product, check with your dentist first. This is important especially if you have crowns, fillings are very dark stains. The dentist will perform a thorough exam and determine which method is the best option for your situation. The dental professional can explain why bleaching is a good treatment method, or if it should be avoided. You and the dentist can decide together which is the best treatment plan. The dentist may recommend you have treatments done in his office, or he can suggest the best over the counter product to help you achieve your desired results without damaging your teeth. He can explain which products are safer and which should be avoided.