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What You Should Know About Dental Whitening Systems

Feb 13, 2008
Many professional dental whitening systems can cost as much as $1000 and require more than one visit to complete the treatment. For this reason several people opt to use a home bleaching product, something like Crest White Strips, for example, which lighten the color of the teeth, as long as they are not too badly stained.

If you are interested in how these products work, then read on and you will realize that in very many cases there is no need to visit a cosmetic dentist in order to keep a nice white smile.

The kits used to involve a tray made of plastic containing a bleaching gel. This piece of equipment was molded to the individual shape of the mouth to be worked on and left there overnight. Before long the gel became ineffective, and irritations occurred to the gums and throat, mainly due to the length of time the bleach remained in the mouth.

Kits such as Crest White Strips got rid of the requirement of such cumbersome equipment and the bleach no longer needs to be left on all night. The strips are put on the teeth and remain there for fifteen to twenty minutes, twice each day.

Some of the newer versions need only be applied at night and this is because most people brush their teeth just before going to bed and then don't eat anything until the next morning. This enables them to leave the strips on the surface of the teeth for a longer period of time.

Teeth whitening kits also are produced in generic versions such as Equate found at Wal-Mart. Truth be told, they can be just as effective as their brand name counterparts. If you are unsure if a generic teeth whitening kit is of the same quality as a brand name, then take a look at the ingredients list. Chances are the active ingredients are the same for both brand and generic and you may actually save a few extra dollars with the generic kit.

If you have previously had problems with the enamel on your teeth, a dental whitening system is probably not suitable for you. The gel has been known to cause sensitivity and pain and in some cases allergic reactions may occur as a result of using this kind of gel.

However, most adults do not have any problems when using whitening kits, and if you consult your dentist, he will more than likely be willing to give you advice about which tooth whitening product to use based on your dental history.
About the Author
Author Frank J.Senturi has been doing research on dental health for many years. You can get more useful information on teeth whitening products as well as on many other related subjects at his web site.
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