Article by : Dr.Aparna Pandya
We all want a closeup smile, that perfect pearly white smile that we often see in fashion magazines. In this era of instant everything-instant noodles, instant pizza etc, we want instant teeth whitening. When it comes to teeth-whitening, there are two options: in-office-based teeth bleaching, or at-home care.
Whichever option you fancy, it all comes down to peroxide-based bleaching agents. At-home systems contain from 3% to 20% peroxide (carbamide or hydrogen peroxides), while the in-office systems contain from 15% to 43% peroxide.
Now one might think that the longer they keep a solution on their teeth, the whiter their teeth becomes. Well that is true..but it comes with a cost. Keeping the gel on longer will dehydrate the tooth and increase tooth sensitivity.
Both systems have flip sides, however one must remember to talk to their dentist before trying out bleaching systems at home.
The bleaching solution in this case is generally stronger than at-home kits. Also, heat, light, or a combination of the two may be used to speed and intensify the whitening process. Your results can be three to eight shades brighter. Some dentists use techniques that can be done in a single 2-hour appointment (e.g. the Zoom system).
If you feel adventurous you may very well try bleaching teeth at home, the most common include:
Post teeth whitening procedure, stay away from acidic and tannin-rich foods and beverages such as:
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