Teeth whitening is one of dental cosmetics’ most in demand procedures. It restores teeth’s luster which helps enhance a person’s smile. We all know that this can boost confidence as people feel more attractive. In addition it also shows off a person’s lifestyle especially how he takes care of himself.

At present, there are many products and services in teeth whitening. These can be performed either with or without a dentist’s supervision. However, before trying out any of these procedures, it is best to understand more about how it’s done and the methods used.

Procedures in Whitening the Teeth

If there are two things people should know in regaining the teeth’s luster back, it is the difference between teeth bleaching and whitening. Not all products or services that say “Teeth Whitening” mean it whitens teeth beyond the natural white. To have this, teeth must undergo bleaching. In this method peroxide is used (hydrogen and carbamine) as the oxidizing agent. It comes in a gel form which is applied on the teeth either by using specially made trays or brush. To make it safe for the user, the peroxide concentration of the bleach is only up to 15% to 50%. It also comes with an instruction on how long the solution needs to stay on the teeth.

Whitening on the other hand can also be considered as cleaning. In this method a specially formulated toothpaste and brush is used to clean the teeth and in time restores it to its natural white.

Teeth Bleaching Or Whitening?

There are two categories in whitening the teeth: the in-office and at-home. The in-office are whitening procedures performed and supervised by the dentists. At-home on the other hand is “unsupervised” and is performed by you on your own time. Whether it is an over the counter (OTC) product or a service suggested, any of these luster teeth whitening methods are considered effective.

In bleaching one’s teeth, a person must take note of the time and the peroxide concentration of the product. In an in-office treatment, the bleach used has a peroxide concentration of 15% to 50% giving it faster bleaching action. However, dentist’s supervision is a must since it can damage tissues (gums and lips). The at-home treatment has a lower concentration of 3% to 10 % and may take a couple of weeks before the results can be seen.

For those who fully want to clean their teeth, including those hard-to-reach places, bleaching is highly recommended. However, this method can make the teeth more sensitive. In case a person already has this condition prior to bleaching it is advised to learn proper caring for the teeth. It is also advised to undergo cleaning first at least to lessen the time bleach should be in contact with the teeth. There are also instances when cleaning the teeth is enough as it can already achieve the sparkling white look people want to have for their teeth. In the end, whether it’s bleaching or whitening, to make the teeth’s luster last, all it takes is proper maintenance.