Many people now regard teeth whitening products as one of life's necessities, it has become so important to them to have white teeth. There has been a massive boost to the sales of teeth whitening products because people think that they need whiter teeth for their self-confidence or their jobs.
There are essentially two ways of getting whiter teeth: professional or home whitening.
Professional Whitening: this necessitates a trip to the dentist or other dental hygienist. Most dental experts endorse only one product, so it is better to pick the product rather than the dentist, if you have a preference for one whitening system over another.
A professional teeth whitening session will begin with an inspection of your teeth, as any corrective work will have to be carried out first. Then the plaque will be scraped off and your teeth will be polished. At this point, you and your dentist will be able to determine how much whiter your teeth should be. The colour of your teeth will be compared to a chart and the shade will be noted for comparison later. They may even take a photograph.
The actual teeth whitening sitting usually lasts an hour, during which you can watch TV or listen to music. The results will be visible after the hour. The cost is very much higher than any other form of teeth whitening
Home or DIY Whitening: there are dozens of home teeth whitening products on the market which are intended for use at home without professional guidance. Because of this, DIY products tend to be weaker than professional ones and so they take longer to achieve the same result.
DIY whitening is an on-going process, but you will need to read the directions that come with the product to find out what you have to do. As a rule, you may have to whiten your teeth for one week every month.
There are also conventional home remedies such as bicarbonate of soda and lemon juice, which has very similar results, but you would have to use them once or twice every week to maintain your teeths' colouration.
When purchasing products for home use, be sure to look at the contents. If you do not know what the names mean, look them up on the Internet before buying. Linked with the ingredients is the strength of those ingredients. For instance, a product label may state than hydrogen peroxide makes up 60% of the product. You could look up hydrogen peroxide and see if there are any warnings about using concentrations over 50%.
If you go for a professional treatment session, take note of how well you are treated. Are you satisfied? Did they ring you up a few days later to see if there were any complications? If you are not completely satisfied, maybe you should try home remedies next time
If you use a DIY product, do they have a good website? Does it tell you a lot bout the product's ingredients? Are the directions complete and simple to follow? Is there a helpline? Again, if you feel uncomfortable for any reason, try another product.
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