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How to choose an at home teeth whitening product like Crest Whitestrips

Tired of stained, yellow teeth?

Want to give yourself a beautiful, whiter smile?

Then perhaps you have thought about at home teeth whitening kits. In January 2004, Consumer Reports wrote "Home kits do whiten teeth for far less than you'd pay for a professional treatment." Along with the above quote, Consumer Reports rated Colgate Whitestrips as "good" while Crest Simply White Night was given a rating of "very good." Both were said to help in whitening the tester's teeth and both were recommended products.

One last note is that both Crest and Colgate recommend continued usage or their products to improve your teeth whiteness level.

But which of the two is most right for you?

When deciding to buy an at home teeth whitening kit, keep in mind of what is most convenient for you. The main difference is that Crest Whitestrips are nearly invisible sticky strips that are worn twice a day, for 30 minutes at a time, (or you can do a single one hour session) while Colgate Simply White Night is a gel that is brushed onto your teeth before you sleep. Neither are flavored and after a few days, most people get accustomed to either method. However, the main reason consumers do not get the full benefits of their whitening kits is because they prematurely stop usage before the recommended time (usually 14 days).

Therefore, if you are satisfied with your initial results, consider purchasing another teeth whitening kit to whiten your teeth even more. However, neither Crest Whitestrips nor Colgate Simply White Night can give you a "bombshell" white smile if you have had years of coffee, caffeine, or smoking. For those results, you will most likely have to have multiple visits to your dentist as well as spend hundreds of dollars. If however, you are looking for a cheap alternative to whiten your teeth several shades, then why not give at home teeth whitening products a try? After all, almost all of them offer a money back guarantee.

 

Yale Wang is the founder of http://www.whitekit.com, a website specializing in information and products concerning at home teeth whitening kits such as Crest Whitestrips and Colgate Simply White Night.

 

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Mentally And Physically Preparing for Teeth Whitening

 

If you think that all you need to do to get your teeth whitened is to keep applying whitener, then chances are your level of success isn't going to be as high as you'd like. There are a number of things you need to do prior to starting the teeth whitening process, in order to have the best chance of success. You can do some of them at home, but others are related to your dental health history.

 

So here are some of the things you should consider doing before going ahead with teeth whitening:

- Have all your cavities treated. Any untreated cavities can be aggravated and irritated by the teeth whitening chemicals. Ouch!

- Make sure any receding gums issues are dealt with before commencing teeth whitening, so that you don't harm any exposed roots.

- If you have crowns or veneers, you basically can forget about the process of teeth whitening.

- Brush regularly! We all know that's what we should be doing, but if you seriously want to whiten your teeth, be extremely thorough about it. Brush after every meal, and allow plenty of time to brush properly.

- Get into the habit of flossing at least twice a day. If you can do it after every meal, that's even better. Flossing stops food scraps from building up and causing exposed roots. The acid in foods causes receding gums, and brushing doesn't remove everything.

- Using mouthwash regularly helps to stop bacteria and acids from building up, which prevents tooth decay and receding gums.

 

You may think you're overdoing things to add mouthwash to your dental health regime as well, but the cleaner your mouth, the easier the process of teeth whitening will become.Although reading all these points may make you think that it's all too hard, stick with it. Teeth whitening doesn't really take much extra work, and with proper maintenance, the effects can last a long time. Stick to the steps above, and you'll find that teeth whitening can be a truly rewarding experience!

 

Timothy Gorman is a successful Webmaster and publisher of BrighterSmileWhiterTeeth.com He provides more information on the teeth whitening risks and teeth whitening benefits that you can research in your pajamas on his website.

 

Make Sure Your Home Teeth Whitening Kit Has What It Takes To Get The Job Done

Many of the home teeth whitening products available today are a great value and can help give you the white and bright smile you desire. Be aware of these few points so that the product you order will actually do the job.Although there are many products on the market today that claim to whiten stained teeth and remove discoloration, the reality is that the definition of "whiten" can mean anything from a single shade where you may not even notice the difference to a full teeth whitening make-over.

 

Now that you have all your major dental issues cleared up, you're much closer to beginning the teeth whitening process. Now you need to think about some other dental health processes that you should take care of at home, before you start any teeth whitening process.

 

Your most effective home teeth whitening kit will have or use the following:

CARBAMIDE PEROXIDE

- If a dental whitening system does not contain carbamide peroxide, you will not get the results you want in a timely manner. Carbamide peroxide is the whitening agent or active ingredient in most effective whitener gels.Carbamide peroxide also comes in a variety of strengths from 10-22% with some as high in the lower 30% range. Although the higher the number, the more aggressive and stronger the product is, it also increases the risk of having sensitive teeth and discolored gums and soft tissue. A good product that also seems to be the most popular is the 16% area. This strength gives the speed we need to see faster results but at a safe level so as not to damage gums and teeth.

 

The AMOUNT of the gel product: This is where many people run into problems. All of us NATURALLY assume that more product the better, right?

 

The problem however is that the amount of the product can be increased using a number of very cheap fillers and inactive ingredients. This means that more is needed to do the same job as a smaller amount of higher quality product. The key is to only buy from reputable companies and not simply look at the amount of the product offered. More product means less comfort while holding a mouthful of goo in your mouth while trying to use enough cheap gel to whiten your teeth. Ick! Get the good stuff and save yourself the hassle.

 

TEETH WHITENER TRAYS

- For any whitening gel to work, it must be in contact with your teeth enamel. Tobacco stained teeth, or yellowed teeth need the gel product to touch the enamel to whiten and remove the staining.Moldable trays come in two types. The first is similar to an athletic mouth guard where you heat it slightly in hot water then bite won leaving an impression of your teeth. This works and is effective but is not the most comfortable to place and hold in your mouth. If you're planning on keeping your teeth bright and stain free, you should consider the second type of bleaching tray.

 

This tray is a custom made teeth bleaching tray made from an impression of your mouth by a dental lab. Higher quality teeth bleaching kits provide material and instructions to make a mold of your teeth similar to the way a dentist might when creating a crown. The impressions are then sent to the lab where they make a custom fitted bleaching tray out of comfortable material. No worries because you can't mess it up. The process takes another step with the dental lab involved but the wait is well worth the effort.In the end, the only way to make absolutely certain that you get the whitest teeth possible is to use high quality products.

Are Professional Laser Teeth Whitening Techniques Better?

The latest advancement in laser whitening gel is used with an in-office laser that results in a very fast and effective bleaching system. The gel is applied to the teeth after appropriate gum and mouth soft tissue protection is placed. Then, a laser light is used to activate the chemical in the gel that has been especially designed to absorb energy from the light and quickly penetrate tooth surfaces. This technique results in a very fast laser whitening effect.The ZOOM teeth whitening system is an example of this type of system. The length of time needed for full color restoration of course depends on the amount and type of tooth enamel discoloration apparent. Although very fast, many dentists are wary of this process due to the potential of gum and soft tissue discoloration.

 

The cost of this very fast laser whitening can vary based on your location with many of the larger cities being more expensive than other areas. Laser teeth whitening process in a professional dental office can be expected to cost between 250 and 500 dollars on average for the full treatment. Generally speaking, the price of teeth whitening increases with the number of in-office treatments required. So the more discolored the teeth, the more visits are required and the potential of a higher total cost. Dental insurance typically does not cover laser whitening as it's considered cosmetic.Remember though that once the dentist has you in the office, they will want to do a complete exam to check for general dental health. Few if any dentists will do a whitening treatment on teeth that need corrective dental work done. That is, a good cleaning, cavities filled, etc.

 

Dentists, like all professionals, will push to get all the business they can from you. It's in your best interest though to carefully consider the importance of good dental health. So if it comes to a choice between teeth whitening and good dental health, your best interests are served by having a solid set of teeth even if they may not be as white as desired. This means that if you want whiter teeth from a dentist office, plan on a full commitment to total tooth care and mouth health.Laser teeth whitening treatments though are not more effective on whitening teeth than many quality custom tray home products. Though much faster results are available, you run the risk of gum and tissue damage due to the aggressiveness of the products used in laser whitening. Teeth sensitivity can also be an issue.

 

So the results are in. Much faster and expensive laser teeth whitening or a slower though probably safer home teeth whitening solution, the choice is yours.

 

Abigail Franks writes on a variety of subjects which include family, travel, health, and business. For More information on Laser Teeth Whitening visit the site at http://www.4-home-teeth-whitening.com/laser-teeth-whitening.html

Teeth Whitening: Do It Yourself For Less

Teeth whitening seems to be all the rage in the last few years. Dental offices and salons are offering high-priced services with custom-fitted dental trays and multiple visits to the dentist's office. At times the pricing for this kind of service has approached $500 and sometimes as high as $1000.

 

It seems that some people believe that you have to spend a lot of money to get it done right. That's fine for them, but it's not necessarily true. And I warn you to not fall into that trap, since there are many lower cost treatments that are very effective. Recent years have spawned many DIY kits that are being sold in drug stores, on TV, and online. These kits can range from high-priced to almost affordable. There are a few different methods, from tape strips to DIY dental trays. Each have their pro's and con's. But before we cover the delivery methods, let's talk for a minute about the ingredients.The ingredients usually contain some sort of peroxide. It could be hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide, usually in a gel base, but sometimes in a paste or brush-on liquid. Peroxide is an effective bleach for removing stains. However, peroxide is caustic (that means it will burn) to the gums. So usually a diluted solution is used varying from 10% to 22% strength. At times the other ingredients can act as a buffer to aid in reducing sensitivity.

 

If you have sensitive teeth there are a couple of things you should do to protect yourself. First, prepare your teeth by brushing for a couple of weeks with a toothpaste for sensitive teeth like the widely available Sensodyne. Second, start with a lower strength solution (for example 12% to 15%) to protect your teeth and gums. Be prepared to use the solution for a longer duration since it may take longer to achieve your desired results. If you still experience sensitivity with a lower strength solution, take a break for a few days and recommence the treatment. As a cautionary note, if you have sensitive teeth or gums, you may want to consult your dentist to get his advice. Some with sensitivities have experienced irreparable damage by jumping teeth first into the higher strength solutions. So a few words with your dentist or a knowledgeable pharmacist certainly couldn't hurt.

 

The at home solutions range from DIY dental trays to the simple, yet effective, white strips. Dental trays can vary widely in price and effectiveness. Professional dental trays are designed to form to your teeth. The advantage of these trays is that they hold the bleaching solution directly against your teeth and protect the solution from washing off with your saliva. Of course, no matter what the delivery medium, you should never eat or drink while treating your teeth. Other at home trays can vary from reusable molds that you suck to form to your teeth and mail in for a custom mold to temporary reusable molds that don't require mailing.

 

At home adhesive white strips can vary in quality and effectiveness. Usually you get a set of strips to use once or twice per day. One strip for the top teeth and another strip for the lower teeth. The effectiveness can vary greatly depending on how much you salivate. It's usually not too hard to leave the strips on for 30 minutes to an hour, but eventually they will work their way loose from your teeth and you can just discard them in the trash. The Crest brand white strips get very good reviews from dentists and users alike. You may find that some store brand strips will work well for you.The brush-on style treatments really suffer the most from being diluted by your saliva. You may find yourself walking around with a silly, plastered on smile to keep your teeth dry to extend the effectiveness of the treatment. In my opinion, don't waste your money on this style of treatment.

 

The toothpaste based whiteners probably will not damage your teeth or gums, but their effectiveness is measured much more slowly. I find this type of treatment works better in combination with the white strips or dental trays.The bottom line here is that there are two things you should consider. The first consideration is your level of tooth sensitivity and the second is your level of price sensitivity. If you have physical sensitivities, start at a lower strength solution and work your way up from there being prepared to take breaks along the way to give your teeth and gums a rest. If your sensitivities are price-based then by all means start out with the lower priced store brand treatments and work your way up from there. The store brand treatments will certainly give you one or two shades of improvement over the course of time. I guess if I had to leave you with one word of caution, I would say this, "Don't expect immediate results overnight." Give yourself plenty of time and be willing to take it easy on your gums and teeth. Extreme solutions could possibly yield extreme problems or irreparable damage.

 

Gisela Harris owns Fix Dental a site dedicated to dental hygiene and treatments for the normal, everyday person.

 

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