Boil and Bite: The Fastest Way to Whiten Teeth at Home
Do you want beautiful white smile? If so read on to find the fastest way to whiten teeth at home. As we get older our teeth naturally become darker, especially if we drink tea, coffee and red wine. Smoking in particular makes teeth appear very yellow with nicotine stains. In addition a build up of plaque or tartar can also cause discolouration. This can have an affect on your self confidence and some people become embarrassed to the point where they no longer want to smile. For those of you who are looking to regain the bright smile you had as a child you will be pleased to know that there are several ways to whiten teeth at home without having to pay for expensive dental treatment.
Most of these treatments use the chemicals hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide to break down the stains. These home bleaching kits, which you can buy from large pharmacies, usually consist of rubber mouth trays and tubes of bleaching gel although there are other alternatives on the market. The active ingredients in the gel work by soaking into the teeth through tiny micropores in both the enamel and the dentine, right through to the pulp. When this gel comes into contact with the stains it breaks down into oxygen and water. The oxygen then works to oxidise the stains into much smaller white coloured particles which then give the teeth a whiter appearance.
Another Options To Whiten Teeth At Home Quickly
The home bleaching kits usually have a rubber mouth tray, the so called boil and bite, as this is the method used to custom fit the tray to your mouth. You then squeeze a small quantity of the gel into the trays and place the trays over your teeth. These should then be left in place for as long as recommended in the instructions accompanying your kit. The concentration of active ingredients is usually slightly lower than that used by professional dentists and some kits are more effective than others, so check the percentage of the gel before you buy.
To speed up the whitening process, it is now possible to buy the latest LED ‘laser’ light technology, a small light which, when shone on the gel coated teeth can speed up whitening by up to 300%. This means that you may only need to use your mouth trays for 15 minutes a day and can still expect to lighten teeth by up to eleven shades. With the light you can also stop when you are happy with your achieved shade. This works because the blue light produced accelerates the breakdown of the active whitening ingredients. Note: these lights may be described as ‘lasers’ or ‘blue light’ but they are actually the same thing.
A very popular method of home tooth whitening, especially in the USA, is the use of whitening strips. These are very thin, flexible strips which are coated with a layer of tooth whitening gel. They are easy to use as they mould to the shape of your teeth and are hardly noticeable when in place. They do away with trays and gel and can be simply thrown away after use. However they may not be suitable for very crooked teeth, they tend to work best when teeth are even. They need to be used for 30 minutes twice a day.
In order to keep your nice newly bright smile, you can use a teeth whitening pen. These are manufactured mainly as a top up treatment not for initial whitening. A 35% maximum strength gel is stored in a small pen and simply painted onto teeth.
It has the advantage of being easy to use and enables you to accurately place gel on individual teeth as required. However you should be aware that saliva will remove it, so it is recommended that you wear your trays over the top, particularly to reduce the risk of the gel causing sensitivity in the mouth.
So it seems that the fastest way to whiten teeth at home involves using a gel filled tray together with a ‘laser’ light. However, before you go ahead and purchase one of these kits, you need to know the side effects and precautions you must keep in mind before using them.
The active ingredients in the whitening gels only work on organic stains and because teeth are inorganic they are left unaffected when the stains are removed. However some companies produce gels which are formulated in a way which extends shelf life and this can cause them to be very acidic. These formulations can actually dissolve the minerals in the teeth, therefore it is vitally important that you make sure that the gel you are buying is PH neutral.
You also need to consider that even PH neutral gels can cause irritation to the gums, white spots to the inside of the mouth and tongue, sore throats and sometimes they can cause sensitivity of the teeth themselves. To avoid these side effects, do not exceed the recommended wear times of the trays and do not exceed the recommended amount of gel you put into the trays. Trim the trays before use to avoid the gel spreading onto your gums and ensure you wipe any excess gel away. After use ensure you clean your teeth and always rinse your mouth thoroughly with plenty of water. If you find that your teeth are becoming really sensitive, especially to hot and cold, try using a desensitising toothpaste and also only whiten your teeth every other day. Bear in mind that lasers can increase tooth sensitivity too, so avoid this method if you have particularly sensitive teeth. It just means it will take a bit longer for your white smile to shine through.
With sensitive teeth in mind, a new peroxide free whitening solution has recently been developed to cope with this problem. This is based on the old fashioned whitening method of bicarbonate of soda. This formula with added fluoride and natural plant extracts has virtually eliminated the problem of tooth sensitivity and so far has proved very successful in appropriately whitening teeth.
One thing you do need to remember before you go ahead with whitening your teeth, it will not work on false teeth, crowns, veneers or fillings. If you already have a crown in place, it may not match your newly whitened teeth and you may need to consider replacing this prior to your treatment. You should not start any whitening treatment if you have tooth decay or gum disease, you need to seek treatment from a professional dentist first. Do not use hydrogen peroxide solutions if you are pregnant or breastfeeding and do not carry out any whitening if you are under eighteen. It’s also not advisable to start treatment if you are wearing braces as the gel will not be able to penetrate under the wires. You should also bear in mind that congenital tooth or drug related (from tetracycline) discolouration will not respond to whitening treatments.
Once you have found the fastest way to whiten teeth at home that suits you and your lifestyle, make sure you keep your new bright smile by brushing regularly with a whitening toothpaste and flossing daily. With careful treatment your treatment should last anywhere between 6 months and two years.