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Weighing the Pros & Cons of Teeth Whitening Products

The main question many people find themselves asking regarding at-home teeth whitening products is, "do they even work?". With the United States reportedly dropping more than one billion dollars on the nonprescription teeth whitening industry and several scientific studies proving product legitimacy, it is safe to say - yes they really do. Looking to remove pesky coffee, tea, wine, and cigarette stains from your teeth? Then it is time to consider an at-home whitening solution. A sparkly smile can do wonders to your overall self esteem and well being!

There are several teeth whitening techniques currently available on today's market, so many in fact the process of finding the right one for you can be quite overwhelming. Luckily, we have weighed each products pros and cons for you. Just keep reading on to find out all the facts...

There are ultimately three basic ways to whiten your smile. You can either utilize an over the counter teeth whitener, boost whitening system, or acquire a custom fit dental tray. Let's begin by weighing the pros and cons of over the counter teeth whiteners. Over the counter teeth whitening products are usually gel strips that utilize a diluted hydrogen peroxide solution. These strips, like Crest White Strips, have proven to work extremely well for those within the age range of 14 - 30 years old. Not to mention, these strips are simple to use as all they require are thirty minutes a day for twenty days.

However, there are a couple of cons to these strips. For starters, they must be applied directly to your tooth's enamel. Thus, you have to make sure to space your treatments apart in order to not damage the integrity of your current tooth enamel. Another con is that this inexpensive treatment results only last for a short amount of time, six months to one year to be exact. It is also good to keep in mind that the government does not regulate teeth whiteners, therefore some of the claims that these products make may be in fact, too good to be true.

Boost teeth whitening systems are another great tool to utilize when looking to whiten your smile. These innovative systems hold the power (or claim to) whiten your teeth with one powerful syringe of a concocted whitening formulation. You should only purchase your boost whitening system from a dental office because over the counter distribution is illegal due the formulations high concentration of forty percent carbamide peroxide gel. However, there are several companies that will offer over the counter boost whitening systems. Please do not fall for this farce as their formulations will not be half as effective as those supplied by qualified dental offices. The only con to these boost teeth whitening systems is that they can be quite costly and must be supplied by a licensed dental practitioner.

Dentist teeth whitening trays are yet another alternative treatment to whiten up your smile. Dentist teeth whitening trays feature custom made molds (by your dentist) that fit over your teeth like a glove! These molds will be filled with whitening gel that contains sixteen to twenty two percent of carbamide peroxide gel. This teeth whitening option is quite comfortable for your mouth and extremely safe for your teeth as the contact time with your tooth's enamel is limited. Perhaps the best part of this method is that these trays are reusable and can last for several years. There is only one con to acquiring dentist teeth whitening trays and that is the price tag. Dentist teeth whitening trays can cost you hundreds of dollars. However, this tooth whitening method will last you for years to come.

Keep in mind that tooth whitening is not for everyone. Children as well as pre teens should not whiten their teeth as they are still growing. It would be economically unwise to purchase custom fitted trays for a teenager whose mold would have to be remade in just a short couple of months due to growing and replacing teeth. Pregnant women should also shy away from whitening their teeth during the gestation period. While teeth whitener probably will not harm the fetus, there is not enough scientific evidence that proves against this factor. Pregnant ladies, please refrain from whitening until after labor.

Rest assured that each method mentioned above will work when done in the correct capacity. All methods will eventually reap the same results, they just work at different speeds. Keep in mind that the latter two options mentioned may cost you more, but their whitening results will last much longer. Regardless of which method you choose, touch ups will be required every twelve to eighteen months. Happy whitening!