A smile can be a great ice breaker when you first meet someone. Unfortunately for some people, they do not have the luxury of smiling freely because of yellowed or stained teeth. Thankfully however, technology has evolved in such a way that you can brighten your teeth at home.
There are many DIY teeth whitening kits that you can use to brighten yellowed or stain teeth. But the fact is that a lot of people are still wary of these products because they feel that many of them are all hype and no result. However, even though there are proliferations of iffy products, there are also top quality products that deliver on their promise.
Products such as SNOW home teeth whitening kits and several others have been proven to deliver significant results. Note that DIY kits do not deliver the same results as whitening treatments gotten at the dentists’ office. But they are perfect for surface stains from drinks and food.
In this article, we would discuss these kits and also the benefits of using DIY teeth brightening kits.
Types of Home-Use Kits For Teeth Whitening
Although there are many products for shining your choppers, they don’t all come in the same style. But one thing they all have in common is that they consist of bleaching agents made from peroxide.
Home kits contain between 3 to 20% of either hydrogen peroxides or carbamide. This is a lower percentage than the ones that dentists use which is between 15 to 43%. The different types of home kits include the following:-
Gels and Strips
This type of bleaching kit is used directly on the teeth by means of a thin strip or a brush. You are required to use them for a period of 10 days to 2 weeks and you must apply it at least once a day. The result from this procedure is expected to last about 4 months or a little more.
They are called tray bleaching systems because it is designed like a mouth guard in a tray form. This tray is filled with the bleaching paste or gel and then put over the teeth. It is left on for about one hour or more; this is repeated every day for a period of 4 weeks.
These trays can either be bought over the counter or specially made for you by a dentist.
Toothpaste With Special Whitening Ingredient
While it is true that all toothpaste helps to clean the teeth, there are some that are specially designed to give you pearly whites. Whitening toothpastes are on the lowest rung of the ladder of DIY home kits. But we had to include them because there are some toothpastes that if used for a long period can produce some results.
It has been posited that the toothpastes that have bleaching ingredients can help one achieve one shade of lightening for the teeth. Even though some toothpaste contains these peroxides, the fact that they are not left on the teeth for long impede the action of the ingredient.
But like we mentioned earlier, if you use them consistently twice a day for long, your teeth would be at least a shade lighter.
With that being said, we recommend that you watch this video before embarking on bleaching your choppers: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M_e2xDcR0yY
Advantages of Teeth Whitening And Using Home Kits
Helps To Enhance Physical Appearance
It is true that one should not judge a book by its cover but the truth is that it is a hard thing not to do for most folks. A great smile would always break the ice and give one a leeway into another’s’ heart. A crooked set of dentition or one that’s badly stained or yellowed however would always detract from the overall appearance of a person.
So getting to work one’s dentition to make it whiter/brighter is to the person’s advantage.
Builds Greater Self-confidence
Bleaching one’s teeth can go a long way in boosting self-image. This is especially in cases where the stains were quite obvious. Additionally, people in the world of show biz or a line of work where they interact a lot face to face with people can benefit from this procedure.
Imagine a customer care personnel that feels self-conscious about his or her smile? Such a one would be hard pressed to engage well with clients/customers.
Using home kits to whiten one’s dentition is very convenient. You do not need to visit a dentist constantly; all you need to do is add it to your daily oral hygiene routine.
Home kits are usually not as expensive as dental procedures for getting your pearly whites shinier. With as little as $15 dollars, you can get a kit that would give you a level of satisfaction. This is especially true if the stains are food stains.
Although we agree that the process of getting whiter dentition through the use of home bleaching kits is safe, many people still have concerns. If you are in this category, you have nothing to fear; just note the following:-
- You should not keep any product too long on your teeth, if the kit has a high quantity of peroxide. Although the length of time the substance stays on your teeth would determine how white they become, it is safer not to overdo it. This is because it can dehydrate your tooth and increase its sensitivity.
- These kits would not work on any artificial components in your dentition; for example porcelain crowns.
- Your dentition could get burnt or not properly whitened if you do not adhere strictly to the instructions for use.
- This procedure would work better for folks with yellowed dentition and less for brown teeth; discoloration from drugs may not be whitened at all.
You may want to read this article for more information on the whole procedure.
Everyone would love to have shiny pearly whites but not everyone may be willing to keep going to a dentist for that. Thankfully, there are teeth whitening kits that you can use at home. All you need to do is talk to your dentist to find out which product would work best for you.