Everybody wants to have a smile that can light up a room. It the first thing about you that people notice. Good dental hygiene and a regular brushing regimen can go a long way to keeping your pearly whites pearly white. However, as life goes on it can be difficult to keep your teeth sparkling, no matter how well you treat them. Coffee, cigarettes, and a number of other things can yellow your teeth over time. Thankfully there are a number of safe, easy DIY teeth whitening options. One option is to visit a dentist and they can whiten your teeth in the office. It is a method trusted by lots of people, but it can be quite expensive and time-consuming, especially for touch-ups. The other option is to save money and whiten them at home.
A Trip to the Dentist
When you whiten your teeth in the dentist’s office, they will apply a block out dam to your gums. Then they will apply 44% or higher whitening gel to your teeth. Using a UV light, they will accelerate the whitening process. It normally takes about an hour and you will see an immediate change in your tooth shade.
The issue is that this normally only lasts a few months and your teeth will start to darken again. It’s not worth going back to the dentist’s office just for little touch-ups. They will charge you for a full session to get your teeth back up to white when they begin to lose their sparkle again.
Having your own custom-fit whitening trays and professional-strength whitening gel, such as offered by SportingSmiles, allows you to do whitening touch-ups on your own time and without having to pay additional charges.
Teeth Whitening at Home!
If you opt for home whitening, you will get a kit that includes whitening gel with a lower percentage. It also comes with whitening trays to hold the gel against your teeth. The best way to whiten your teeth at home is to have custom whitening trays made. These are made just for you and your mouth, preventing the whitening gel from going everywhere. The advantage is that the trays will last forever; you just need to get extra whitening gel when you need a touch-up. You can also purchase 35% gel for a low price. This is a lot easier than having to make another appointment with your dentist and spending a lot more money. At Sporting Smiles, we recommend the custom whitening trays made in a dental lab. However, there are also thermo-form trays that you can make at home using boiling water. These work but are less comfortable. You also end up using a lot more whitening gel because the gel goes all over. Gel overflow can also cause pain and discomfort on the gums, which can make whitening at home a less pleasant experience.
If you are looking to whiten your teeth, we recommend spending a little bit of money to get custom made whitening trays that will last for years.
If you would like to find out more about home whitening options, please feel free to get in touch with our team at [email protected]