Teeth whitening has become a natural part of our lives. This may not be evident in all the smiles we see around us or even with our own smile, but from toothpastes to mouth rinses and other whitening products, people spend quite a bit on whitening products. In fact, it is estimated that the American populace spends approximately 1.4 billion dollars on whitening products each year. Statistics shows that in recent years teeth whitening has increased by a whopping 300 percent.
The teeth bleaching procedure was initially intended for in-office treatments under the supervision of a dentist, but this change when teeth whitening kits became available on the market such as those produced by Emoyeni. Here are a few facts you may find useful about teeth whitening.
- The general rule is that the longer a stronger solution is kept on the teeth, the whiter they will become. While this is true, care must be taken when using products that contain a high percentage of peroxide, as gels that contain a higher the percentage of peroxide should be applied to the teeth for a shorter time. Exposing the tooth to the gel for long will dehydrate it and increase sensitivity.
- Both at-home and in-office tooth-whitening products contain peroxide-based bleaching agents, namely carbamide or hydrogen peroxides. At-home systems contain 3% to 20% peroxide while in-office systems contain15% to 43%.
- Although used interchangeably, tooth whitening and tooth bleaching are two different procedures.
- Flossing and brushing daily will help to maintain the results. It also helps if you avoid the following tannin-rich and acidic foods and beverages: sports drinks, carbonated beverages (such as dark and light colored sodas), black teas and coffee, white and red wine, berries and other strongly-colored foods, sauces (such as curries, soy and tomato).
- When teeth are bleached they can become temporarily sensitive or sensitivity may increase for those who already have sensitive teeth.
- People with yellow teeth will benefit more from teeth whitening kits as the procedure is less effective on brown teeth. It may have absolutely no effect on gray or purple teeth.
Another point we will make here is that unlike for tooth bleaching, tooth whitening does not change the color of your fillings or other restorative materials. Composite materials such as plastics that are used for restoration may lighten somewhat, but will not be detectable by the human eye.