Emily Jolly doesn't mind admitting that she loves her teeth.
The 24-year-old Fort Collins resident has a mouthful of straight, white teeth thanks to orthodontic work and what she calls "religious" efforts to whiten them.
So she decided to try one of the many methods available for whitening teeth. She started with an over-the-counter tooth whitening product, Crest White Strips.
"My results were amazing," she said. "It was very nontypical. I would not have to use them as often as they say to use them."
But not everyone can expect those kinds of results from over-the-counter tooth whitening products, said Dr. John J. Hanck, a Fort Collins dentist and president of the Colorado Dental Association.
"Some people have good results. It depends on the person and the density of the enamel of the tooth," Hanck said.
Some people prefer to call in the big guns - professional tooth whitening techniques. There are a range of choices that some dentists offer, including professional tooth whitening strips, custom-made trays and in-office treatments such as Bright Smile, which uses a light to accelerate the work of the whitening agent.
Speed up your teeth whitening treatments with our Teeth Whitening Accelerator Light. This powerful LED light can be used to speed up any teeth whitening treatment, whether using gels, pens, or strips, and has more LEDs than the competition, the more LEDs the more coverage and the better the acceleration. The LED light keeps the light from heating up and becoming uncomfortable. The matched mouth trays attach to the light, freeing up both hands for a more comfortable and easier treatment. The special band of blue light helps to catalyze the oxidation process, vastly speeding up the teeth whitening treatment. The one button operation is super easy to use and fits in the palm of your hand easily.
Teeth begin to yellow over time because as teeth age, the enamel wears thinner and the dentin, which is below the enamel, darkens, said Hanck. Dark liquids and food and tobacco also can stain teeth, but a professional polishing often can erase the stains, he said.
All tooth whitening methods work in essentially the same way, by applying a hydrogen peroxide solution to the teeth that brightens them through oxidation. The higher the concentration of peroxide in the tooth whitening product, the faster the whitening agent will work but the greater the risk of tooth sensitivity and gum irritation.
"First of all, they are all safe. It doesn't hurt the enamel. With some of the stronger ones, you might get some mild gum irritation. ... And some can make the teeth sensitive," Hanck said.
Gum irritation and tooth sensitivity is temporary, he said.
Here are some things to consider before you do tooth whitening:
Consult your dentist to determine if you are a good candidate for whitening, said Valerie Miller, a local dental hygienist who does consultations for teeth whitening at the office of Dr. Steven J. Koehler Family and Cosmetic Dentistry.
Tooth whitening products will not work on existing restorative work such as caps, veneers or bonds.
Have a realistic goal for how white your teeth should be. "What can be done can be overdone," Hanck said. "The teeth are not supposed to be brighter than the whites of the eyes. When the teeth get so white, it distracts from the balance, harmony and beauty or handsomeness of the face."
Tooth whitening products do not work well on gray teeth or discoloration caused by trauma, Hanck said. For some, graying was caused by the use of the antibiotic tetracycline as a child.
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44% Carbamide Peroxide Gel
Here's How Tooth Whitening Works
A tooth whitening gel is placed in a tray that fits over your teeth. As the active ingredient in the gel, carbamide peroxide, is broken down, oxygen enters the enamel and bleaches the colored substances. The structure of the tooth is not changed; only the tooth is made lighter and whiter. Fillings, Crowns, and Bonding will not lighten.
"I LOVE this tooth whitening product! It works even though I have tetracycline staining, and I use it periodically to take care of the daily coffee and tea staining I have. If I had to pay my dentist's prices for my bleach, I would have had to put up with yellow teeth!Thank you. -- Fredrick W. 12/06/2003"
How Safe is this Teeth Whitening?
Dentists have known for years that tray whitening or bleaching is a fast, safe and predictable way to whiten teeth 2-5 shades in a matter of days. To see what the American Dental Association says about the safety of tooth whitening click here.
How Long will Teeth Whitening Last?
For most people, the treatment is long-lasting. Exposure to coffee, smoking, red wines, and some medicine products will gradually darken teeth again over time. After an initial treatment, most people do touch-ups one day about every 3-6 months.
How long will Teeth Whitening take and How white will they get?
We use 16% and 44% use Carbamide Peroxide as the whitening agent. When wearing the trays Carbamide Peroxide is slowly broken down to Hydrogen Peroxide which whitens the teeth. The 16% gel whitens more slowly but causes less tooth sensitivity. The 44% gel whitens quickly but can cause temporary sensitivity to temperatures. Both the 16% and 44% gels need to be worn for about 10-14 days to achieve maximum whiteness.
Virtually everyone who whitens their teeth will see improvement.
Why Choose Our Teeth Whitening Products?
Our teeth whitening system is the same exact product sold by thousands of dentists nationwide. We make the custom trays, exactly the same as a quality dental office does (your trays are made in the dental lab right next to the $500 dollar whitening trays) and we supply you with a high quality, effective whitening gel. Our active ingredients are identical to Nite-white, Opalescence, or other premium brands.
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