ilovedance44 asked in HealthDental · 1 decade ago

Teeth Whitening!?

I'm getting my braces off soon and i wanted to kno some good products that could help enhance my white smile! :) pleez help!

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Overall I would say that most of my patient's have had some measure of success with the Crest Whitestrips, some more than others. Our office uses Crest Supreme which are much stronger than what you can buy in a drugstore and don't cost that much more ($60.00 vs $30.00). You can purchase the drugstore version, but do yourself the favor of using them right after you get your teeth cleaned as any staining and buildup (tartar or plaque) will impede their ability to work. Also, don't use fluoride toothpaste before putting the strips on (same reason). The strips are probably your best low price alternative, much less than in office whitening or custom trays (about $500.00). Most whitening toothpastes just remove stain on the surfaces of your teeth and therefore are not so effective. Whatever method you use it will not whiten your teeth for life, as you age your teeth will get darker and may need to be whitened again.

    Good luck!

    JAMRDH - a dental hygienist

  • 1 decade ago

    Do NOT use Crest White Strips. They whiten the teeth, but not between the teeth. Also, do NOT use Rembrandt. Long process with no results. Sephora sells a great line of whitening products.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    If you can't afford to get the personal trays made, or just don't want to spend the money, the Crest Whitestrips work well, and you can get a professional strength of these from your dentist for alot less than the trays. The gel is able to get between the teeth.

  • 1 decade ago

    Here is a ballpark cost range for what a dentist might charge for a single professional teeth whitening treatment. In some cases more than one treatment might be needed.

    $600 to $2000

    Some dentists feel that their in-office bleaching treatments should be followed up with the use of an at-home whitener. If so, you can expect that there will be an additional cost for this additional treatment.

    A patient's costs might lie at the lower end of the price range stated above in those instances where a significant portion of the treatment process is performed by a staff member rather than solely the dentist. As another consideration, those dentists who incorporate an "activation" light or laser into the whitening process will have higher equipment costs than those who don't. These dentists will need to charge a relatively higher fee for their whitening treatments.

    All whitening products contain peroxide either as carbamide peroxide (CP) or hydrogen peroxide (HP). Peroxide dissolves the organic stains in the tooth to change the color and produce a whitened effect.

    There are four types of peroxide-containing tooth whitening products available:

    * In-practice products are applied by a dental professional. These products contain a high percentage of CP or HP and are applied directly to the teeth. Some activated by heat, light, or laser. This may be the product for you if you're in a hurry for whiter teeth and you don't have tooth sensitivity. For very dark-colored teeth, the whitening process can be sped up in two to three hours followed by a take-home product until the desired whiteness is achieved.

    * A take-home product supervised by a dentist is the most popular whitening method. These products contain a lesser percentage of CP or HP than in-practice products and are worn in a tray overnight or during the day at home. A custom-fitted tray is made to hold the whitening product directly against the teeth while lessening its contact with the gums. Some products have fluoride added to help prevent or treat mild tooth sensitivities. The typical stains of ageing will whiten in seven to fourteen days when the tray is worn overnight.

    * Over-the-counter (OTC) whitening products contain a small percentage of HP or CP. Caution should be used with these products as many contain an acidic solution that can wear away tooth enamel. OTC products use a bulky, one-size-fits-all tray to hold the product. Usually more product is swallowed than stays in the tray because of the trays poor fit against the teeth. It can take up to six months and the purchase of several kits to get whiter teeth. Flexible strips coated with whitening gel have recently been introduced as an OTC at-home tooth whitening method. The strips are worn on the front teeth and folded over to keep them in place. Results are reported to be noticeable after fourteen days and effective for 6 months.

    * Over-the-counter whitening toothpastes contain a small percentage of HP, CP, or polishing ingredient. The toothpastes are effective in keeping teeth cleaner and whiter looking but some may be very abrasive. The harsh abrasive will wear away the enamel with repeated use gradually making the teeth look yellow. Whitening toothpastes remove surface stains and prevent new stains from building up. Whitening toothpastes however aren't in contact with the teeth long enough to remove internal stains. Ask your dentist about the safety and cavity protection of specific toothpastes before you buy.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Try goSMILE at Sephora. They are a bit expensive, but they whitening your whole tooth, not just the parts exposed to the public. They have different kits depending on your needs, and you can notice a difference in the first few days.

    http://www.sephora.com/browse/brand_hierarchy.jhtm...

  • 1 decade ago

    The very best teeth whitening is done by the dentist. See if he/she has any specials.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Hai,

    Make it a must a brush your teeth every day after meals try Arm and hammer toothpaste or Aquafresh works great. You can use a whitening mouth was - Listernine makes a great one. Please check on our website.

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