Teeth Whitening: Home Treatments Not Without Some Risk
Before you start whitening your teeth, you must considerthat there is a small danger unless you are just usingtoothpaste.
Both professional and home treatment expose you to asmall risk of mouth cancer in either gums or tongue. Thedangers these days, are thankfully very small. Thebiggest problem you are likely to encounter with hometreatment is quite sore teeth and gums.
Just be prepared for this discomfort for about a monthdue to the tooth enamel being stripped and bleached. Ifyou already have sensitive teeth, it may be prudent toconsult a professional before undertaking treatment.
Do Brush on Teeth Whitening treatments work? Thats aquestion I have been asked a couple of times recently. From my research, it appears they work a little, but theywould probably be my least favoured whitening option. Itis the most simple method,?.just brush on..leaveovernight and instant, white teeth.
Unfortunately, its not quite that simple as saliva getson the teeth and parts of the formula are rubbed offleaving an uneven result. Many of the brush on productsalso contain glycerin which leads to extreme sensitivity. If I was considering a home treatment, I would tend tofavour the home teeth whitening kits that utilize a mouthtray and a special gel. New products available allow forthe trays to be moulded to fit your teeth perfectly.
Sometimes I think that you "get what you pay for", butHome kits do whiten teeth for far less than you'd pay fora professional treatment.
Just do not expect to look in the mirror and see anExtreme Makeover result! Two of the most common varietiesare Crest Whitestrips and Colgate Simply White. CrestWhitestrips are nearly invisible sticky strips that areworn twice a day, for 30 minutes at a time. ColgateSimply White Night is a gel that is brushed onto yourteeth before bedtime.
Researchers have found that both methods work, howeverusers often do not get the full benefits of theirwhitening kits is because they stop usage before therecommended time. So if you give either of thesewhitening methods a try? stick with it.
Beware of home treatments such as lemon juice. It's an acid and can harm your teeth and may lead to cavities and irreparably damaged tooth enamel.
The reason that lemon juice appears to whiten teeth is that it causes the teeth to lose calcium (which gives teeth some of their off-white color).
Calcium is a major component of healthy teeth, and once it is lost, your teeth become very susceptible to decay. DO NOT use lemon juice for whitening.