There was a time when dazzling white smiles belonged to
those who sashay down the red carpet in Hollywood. Today
teeth whitening has become the fastest growing type of
cosmetic dental procedure performed. Depending on the type
of tooth whitening technique you choose the price ranges
from a ten dollars for a tube of whitening toothpaste to up
to 0.00 for in office laser teeth whitening.
Laser Teeth Whitening
The Cadillac of Teeth whitening is the in office laser
system. This is the costliest, but fastest way to achieve
white teeth. Laser teeth whitening is a very simple
procedure. The dentist applies a bleaching gel to your teeth
(after putting protection over your gums) and places a laser
light in front of your mouth. The cleaning action of the gel
is activated by the light. This gel is left on your teeth
for twenty minutes. The application is generally applied two
more times to your teeth. In about one hour you leave the
dentists office with the whitest teeth possible.
Tray Based System
A very popular and mid priced tooth whitening technique is
the tray based system. You can purchase these systems in
stores. However, they are best if you have the trays made by
your dentist. It takes a very short time in the office to
have an impression made of your upper and lower teeth.
Within a week the dentist will have a soft flexible plastic
mold for you. He’ll give you the gel, which is generally a
10% carbamide peroxide and he’ll instruct you in how to use
the tray and tell you how often. Results are seen quickly
with a tray system.
Whitening strips are a recent addition to the market,
introduced in 2001. They are quite inexpensive and do work,
but may not deliver the exact results that you think. The
strips have the advantage of having the exact dose of
carbamide peroxide pre applied on them. However, the
whitening strips will only whiten the teeth they come in
direct contact with. The strips generally cover the six
center teeth, eyetooth to eyetooth. Some people find their
smile is longer than the strip allows for. You will not
achieve a full mouth of white teeth using whitening strips.
Teeth Whitening Toothpaste.
Another type of whitening system is whitening toothpaste.
Whitening toothpastes have many drawbacks. They take a very
long time to show real results. Read their claims carefully.
The success of whitening toothpaste is directly related to
how long and how often you brush. However, over-brushing
your teeth can cause the loss of tooth enamel. Tooth enamel
cannot be replaced. Also, whitening toothpastes only affect
the outside layer of enamel. This will make the yellowness
of deeper layers of teeth more pronounced. Many people will
whiten their teeth using an in office laser, or a tray
system and then use whitening toothpaste to help keep their