Teeth Whitening Gel
The process of gel teeth whitening
is increasing in popularity, especially since over-the-counter options are so numerous and affordable! Even if you opt for a professional gel teeth whitening
at your dentist's office, it isn't nearly as expensive as some other procedures, and the result is also very natural looking. Depending on the color of your teeth
the whitening gel can whiten your teeth with several shades
, and you should be able to see results in a matter of days. However the whitening you can achieve with over the counter whitening gels cannot be compared with the results of professional teeth whitening procedures
performed by dentist.
How does the teeth whitening gel work?
The gel whitening process is fairly simple; there is an active ingredient in the formula that is either hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide. When the peroxide in the gel makes contact with the teeth, itís molecules start to split. The loose oxygen molecules are consequently unstable and start to search for another bond. At this point, they begin working their way through the enamel, searching for new electrons for stability. Once they find the stain molecules, the oxygen molecules break the compounds apart and the stains dissolve.
Each formula has a different percentage level of peroxide - the higher the percentage, the more effective the gel. Rembrandt offers Form-Fit Whitening Strips as well as a 2 Hour Whitening Kit which I'm a assuming has a relatively high peroxide percentage. The only drawback of the kit is that you have to have two hours of uninterrupted time set aside for the applications. Some other brands that offer gel whitening products are Crest, Aquafresh, and Listerine. The gel whitening strips
are easy to use, and some brands promise results in as little as three days. Listerine even offers a gel strip that dissolves in your mouth in five to ten minutes. And if you happen to choose Crest
, they have thoughtfully created follow-up strips and promise results lasting up to one year.
There are many different products
to choose from, depending upon your needs. If you have dental work, it is best to consult your dentist as gel only whitens natural teeth. In addition, if you are planning to use gel and are battling severe stains, your dentist may need to make a custom mold for your mouth so the gel can permeate your teeth more effectively. Lastly, if you have sensitive teeth
and you start to feel uncomfortable, you can still use the product, however; they may recommend that you cut back to using treatments every other day depending upon the brand and product.
A two-week whitening dosage can cost
anywhere between $10 and $25. Whitening gels are relatively safe
to use as long as you follow the instructions. Stop using them if your gums or teeth become sensitive.
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