Unfortunately, over time the natural whiteness of our teeth can fade as they become discoloured. Other factors, such as drinking tea, coffee, red wine and smoking can also have a negative impact on the colour of our teeth. This leaves many with dull, tired teeth, miles away from the glossy, white perfect smile we would all love to achieve. Teeth Whitening treatments have become extremely popular over the past few years, so much so that supermarkets have started offering teeth whitening packs that you can try at home. These are an attractive option, due to their relatively cheap price and the convenience.
Some of the treatments available include teeth whitening toothpastes, home bleaching kits with a mouth guard and even bleaching kits with putty, to make a perfectly fitting mouth guard.
The question is, though, how effective are they?
Teeth whitening toothpastes are, on the whole, misleading, in that they do not actually bleach the teeth. They merely remove stains and keep discolouration at bay, using low-abrasive granules and micropolishers.
Home Bleaching Kits
Home bleaching kits should work in theory, as they come with various strengths of carbamide peroxide, which is similar to that used by professional dentists. However, the application of the gel is the main concern, as the mouth guards provided (both one-size and putty versions) may not fit properly. This improper fit could lead to the gel leaking, which can cause serious damage to the gums and mouth in terms of blisters and sensitivity.
Overall, teeth whitening packs purchased from a supermarket are not particularly effective and in some cases can be fairly dangerous. Most do not have the proper effect of bleaching the teeth, so prepare to be disappointed with the results.
Dentist Teeth Whitening
Obviously the best option is to go to a professionally qualified dentist, who will guide you through the process and find the treatment that is right for you. There are many types of treatment available and Harley Street Dental Studio offers a comprehensive range including Zoom, Enlighten, Ramp, Nite White and Smile Strips. All of these are completely effective in their own way, so you will be left with the perfect white teeth you have always wanted.
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