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What Is a Teeth Whitening Product Brilliantly white and shining teeth seem to be the craze these days. It used to be only the celebrities who sported brilliant smiles but now everyone strives for this look. Over a million dollars a year is spent by American consumers in an attempt to whiten their teeth and much of it is spent on over the counter teeth whitening products. What exactly is a teeth whitening product? This is a product that lightens or whitens teeth by the use of carbamide peroxide and hydrogen peroxide. These ingredients, along with flavorings and other things, are combined into whitening toothpaste, gels, whitening strips and tray-based whitening kits. How do they work? Your teeth are comprised of an inner layer called dentin and an outer layer called enamel. Basically, as you eat, drink and smoke over your lifetime, you are creating a layer of foreign material that forms a film over the enamel of your teeth. This is the layer that your dentist or dental hygienist is removing when you have your teeth cleaned. You even clean some of it off when you brush your teeth with abrasive toothpastes. The enamel of the tooth is porous so this staining film gets into the enamel layer and creates deep staining. This staining is harmless but it can be unattractive. The purpose of a teeth whitening product is to get down into the porous structure of the enamel and bleach or oxidize away the staining. These products are better able to do this because they remain on the surface of the teeth longer than your standard whitening toothpaste during your routine daily teeth brushing. How are they applied? We have talked briefly about the whitening toothpaste products and they are used pretty much to do your daily cleaning several times a day. The gels are applied with a brush or pen apparatus directly to the surface of the teeth and are left there for a specific period of time. This is usually recommended to be done twice a day and usually for about two weeks for the best results. The whitening strips are thin plastic strips that have been coated with the gel solution. You place the gel side of these strips directly on the surface of your teeth and leave them in place, again for a specified period of time, twice a day for about two weeks for the best results. For both the strips and the gel treatments, you can expect approximately one or shades of lightening and about four months of whitened teeth before you have to do it all over again. The tray-based products use the same gel solution but the application system is different. The gel is placed into specially designed teeth trays and the trays are placed over your upper and lower teeth for a period of time, usually ranging from two hours to overnight, and rinsed off. This system will provide more whitening and will last a little longer than the gel or strip application method. The key to maintaining your brilliantly white teeth after using a teeth whitening product is to refrain from consuming the food, drink and cigarette smoking that caused your staining in the

first place. Regardless of which treatment you choose, whether an over the counter one or an in office dental treatment, the treatment will have to repeated periodically but these over the counter methods offer more cost effective measures for whitening your teeth.

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Brilliantly white and shining teeth seem to be the craze these days. It used to be only the celebrities who sported brilliant smiles but now...