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  1. What does teeth whitening entail?

Generally speaking, teeth whitening describes any process or procedure that helps the teeth become white to appear clean and aesthetic. However, this treatment refers to teeth whitening processes that help teeth become clean with or without bleach in dentistry.

  1. What are the different ways people whiten their teeth? Briefly explain the active ingredients and techniques used in each and whether they’re safe.

Teeth Whitening Toothpaste

People looking for a simpler solution and don’t want anything costly or professional for their teeth choose toothpaste that contains teeth whitening ingredients like special abrasives and polishing chemicals that help remove stains and appear whiter. These are quite safe as long as the brushing is done gently.

Whitening Strips & Gel

Over-the-counter whitening strips produce more effective results thanks to the ingredients it contains that aid in lightening the natural color deep within the tooth. Whitening gels are also very popular nowadays. You switch your toothpaste with the gel and see the desired results in about 14 days. Both whitening techniques are effective and carry no risk to your oral health. 

Whitening Rinses

Similar to mouthwashes, this product helps freshen your breath and reduce plaque present in your mouth. You need to swish the liquid around for plus-minus 60 seconds two times a day before brushing your teeth. Whitening rinses are less effective than whitening strips and gels and are just as safe to use.  

Tray-based Whiteners

This whitening treatment is carried out by filling up a mouth guard with a whitening solution in the form of a gel containing a peroxide-bleaching agent. The mouth guard is worn for the directed hours every day for about four weeks or longer, depending on the intensity of the discoloration of your teeth. This option is not recommended since it does more harm to your gums than good to your teeth. It heightens your sensitivity and may cause irritation in your gums. 

Whitening by the Dentist

If you think your teeth need some professional-level whitening, nothing beats the treatment an experienced dentist can provide. Professional treatment will cost you more, but the results will be guaranteed. You can get the desired white teeth in just a matter of 30-60 minutes! What’s safer than a dentist when it comes to the health and maintenance of our teeth?

  1. As a final word, would you say teeth whitening is safe? Which methods do you most highly recommend?

Teeth whitening is safe as long as it is done well within the dentists’ provided limits. I personally recommend whitening strips and gel and visiting your dentist to get your teeth whitened safely.

  1. What are some tips to keep in mind to ensure you whiten as safely as possible? (i.e., not leaving it on too long, doing it too often, etc.)
  • Consult your dentist before doing a DIY teeth whitening treatment
  • Over-the-counter whitening products are excellent and safe alternatives
  • Never do it on your own if you have sensitive teeth and gums
  • Regularly use teeth whitening toothpaste and mouthwash to maintain your white teeth

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