In the past, if you wanted to get perfectly white teeth, the only option was to have the whitening done in the dental office such as shown on this site. Today, there are a number of products to do the whitening at home and of course it is a lot less expensive. There are some things to consider when doing this at home
If the concentration of peroxide in the formula is medium to high, the effect of the whitening will be fast, so it shall not be required to maintain the whitening agents on the teeth for a long time. Usually a formulation in gel or strips, with around 10 to 16% of hydrogen peroxide, will be used during the day and will remain on the teeth for a shorter period of time.
If the concentration of hydrogen peroxide is low, it will be necessary that the product remain on the teeth for a longer time to achieve the desired effects. A low percentage of 3-6% peroxide formulation will require applying it at night and removing it in the morning.
It should be noted that solutions used by dentists have high concentrations of hydrogen peroxide, about 30 to 35%, so having high content of this solution requires medical supervision. This product is sold exclusively to dentists.
If you want to get the best results from these products, tooth whitening should be carried out after receiving a thorough dental cleaning in which plaque, tartar and dirt are removed. It is recommended that prior to bleaching at home brush, rinse and use dental floss. This is so that the teeth are perfectly clean and the product can act with all its potential.
Can I do tooth whitening at home?
If you've already searched ways to whiten your teeth on the web, you have probably noticed that there are many methods that can be done at home. However we must clarify that these methods work to some extent, i.e. they can change the color of your teeth two to three shades no more. If you want lasting results we recommend that you go to a specialist in dental cosmetology or that you acquire a professional kit to whiten your teeth at home. It is recommended that during the first two hours later after applying a bleaching agent, food and drinks should not be eaten, especially those with a high content of dyes.
If you have problems with tooth decay, bleaching is not recommended.
Is it normal to have tooth sensitivity during treatment using tooth whitening gel?
Dentists say yes, it is perfectly normal for of the systems for whitening teeth, not just the gel, to cause some degree of sensitivity on teeth, especially for hot or cold liquids. Tooth sensitivity is greatest within the first 48 hours after having had the whitening experience. Even the air that passes between your teeth when you talk can cause much discomfort. Some dentists provide patient toothpastes for sensitive teeth with the aim of helping to reduce tooth sensitivity after treatment. On the other hand, the majority of professional at home teeth whitening kits contain desensitizers in their formula which help to reduce tooth sensitivity during treatment. In case of not having any palliative agent for dental sensitivity any toothpaste containing potassium nitrate, which is highly effective to relieve sensitive teeth, can be purchased at the pharmacy. If you experience extreme tooth sensitivity, you should stop the treatment for a few days. The discomfort should disappear within 24 to 48 hours of suspended treatment. You should not worry about the discontinuation of treatment in terms of results, since tooth whitening does not need to be done consecutively. Teeth will continue to whiten when the treatment is resumed.
Does laser whitening damage the teeth?
Damage or erosion of enamel is one of the greatest concerns of patients that are interested in performing Zoom laser whitening. Proven studies show that laser Zoom tooth whitening does not harm teeth, or cause erosion. Laser tooth whitening is one of the systems which has generated more research around the world and in which more has been invested to ensure the health of the teeth of the patient after the procedure. The results of the studies have shown that laser whitening does not produce progressive damage to the enamel of the teeth. So changes, or transparency in the enamel of the teeth should be reported to the dentist as soon as possible since this is not normal.