At Home Teeth Whitening Products
The two biggest causes of tooth discolouration are time (age) and food. Our teeth can absorb dark colours from the foods and drinks that we ingest, as we get that little bit older, the enamel on our teeth gets that little bit thinner and becomes more transparent, allowing the darker, more yellow under layer (called Dentin) to show through.
Many of us wish that our teeth were brighter, whiter in colour, but with professional whitening treatments now so costly ( between £200 and £800 depending on where you are in the country) its little wonder that so many of us are seeking effective home whitening treatments.
The single main question is – But do home whitening treatments actually work?
There are three main types of home whitening treatments Strips and Whitening Trays, Toothpastes and Brush On Gels.
Brush On Whitening Gels
These kinds of treatments are highly popular, they are simple to use and involve the brushing of whitening compounds onto the surface of the teeth, helping you to ‘touch up’ or spot treat any discoloured teeth on the go.
There is an issue with these kinds of treatments; the saliva in the mouth can very quickly dilute the effects of the whitening gel, leading to poor results.
These products are perfect for those with sensitive teeth or those that have naturally whiter teeth and just need minor stain removal.
Whitening Toothpastes And Mouthwashes
Commonly available to buy in virtually all high street stores and pharmacies, these products contain very low levels of bleaching compound that can whiten teeth by 1 or 2 shades at best.
Best used with electric toothbrushes, especially those with an oscillating action, but you need to brush for at least two minutes to buff away any staining. Regular toothbrushes are less effective
Whitening Trays And Strips
Whitening strips and trays are the two most popular (and most effective) ways of whitening your teeth at home. Strips are relatively easy to use, they are adhesive strips impregnated with whitening compound. They should be stuck to the teeth and kept in place for a slong as possible to allow the whitening gel to do its job and remove staining.
There are a couple of issues with whitening strips, most strips only cover the front 6 teeth, many use highly strength gels that are now illegal in the EU and UK. If you can find a product that complies with the regulations,. you may also experience difficulty in keeping the strips on the teeth.
Saliva has a tendency to weaken the adhesive causing the strips to slip, causing irregular results. Those with sensitive teeth should avoid as these strips often touch the gums, and have been known to cause short lived discomfort and painful sensitivity.
Whitening trays are without doubt the most effective ways of whitening the teeth at home, there are some good kits around that use exactly the same methods and materials as used in your local dental surgery.
Trays fit completely over the teeth, ensuring that the whitening gel makes full contact with the teeth. with the gel contained within the trays, sufferers of sensitivity are less likely to experience any problems as the gel does not usually come into contact with the gums.
These kits are available with both peroxide based gels and also non peroxide natural whitening compounds, so you can be sure to find one that will suit you.
A good teeth whitening kit will provide some amazing results with increases of between 8 and 11 shades of white being commonplace.
We have reviewed many of the most effective whitening kits in the UK and from our research have compiled a list of what we feel are the top home whitening products currently available