Review - At home teeth whitening products
There are two types of gels. Hydrogen Peroxide and Carbamide Peroxide. They both work the same. Based on Dental professional reviews Hydrogen Peroxide is slightly more superior then Carbamide. You can try them both and see which one is the one that works best for you.
There are two methods for at home teeth whitening products: Trays and touch up pens.
Advantages: Less time consumption, effective on hard to reach areas (posterior teeth)
Disadvantages : messy, gets in contact with the gums and soft tissue causing sensitivity, If you are using an LED light to activate the gel it is not very effective due to the thickness of the tray.
Touch up pen
Advantages: Easy to use, it can be used many times (Ex. before a meeting, party, interview), It can be conserved in the fridge at a temperature lower then 20 degree/C, You can control the quantity of gel that you want to apply to your teeth avoiding the contact with the gum ( lower sensitivity), The LED light performs better since it hits the gel at a closer range compared to trays.
Disadvantages : Longer time application
Make sure the kit contains
1- Finger wipes ( to remove plaque or stain prior to teeth whitening)
2- activation LED light ( to activate the gel for faster results)
3- vitamin E swabs ( in case of irritation to the gel you can use vitamin E to reduce discomfort or sensitivity) You can get it at any pharmacy but its expensive
Normally it shouldn't cost more then $35 a kit.
Warning: Despite the labeling the gel is the same. Hydrogen Peroxide or Carbamide Peroxide. Since the gel concentration is low for at home applications DO NOT EXPECT more then 2-3 shades lighter results. If you can afford the price i strongly suggest getting it done professionally with a higher concentration gel that only Licensed Dental Professionals are able to use and then use at home products just for maintanence.
The primary purpose for at home teeth whitening products is to continue the bleaching material after the professional teeth whitening at home. This ensures lasting results. ( That's why the dentist always give patients trays gel and instruction for at home use). Do not be fooled by advertisers that guarantee 2-8 shades whiter teeth using at home products.
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