“I’m looking for advice on best teeth whitening product in La Grange, IL for rapid results – even as little as 48 hours?”
Everyone, whether they’re budding adolescents, teenagers, or quadragenarian (baby boomers), they all want to have and maintain a brighter, whiter smile. Naturally, one’s smile is among the first impressions you make to others, and a brilliant, friendly smile is a strong indicator of vibrancy, health, and of course, beauty.
Our teeth take on darker hues with each decade that passes over us, usually by one or two shades. Think of enamel as a sort of semi-clear glass, and the underlying dentin being the color displayed beneath it, giving it is characteristic color. As the dentin structure grows, the color tint inside our teeth become more pronounced and visible. Our hereditary attributes have a major impact in the extent of darkening of our teeth, both intrinsically and extrinsically, but it there are also other factors, such as our level of oral hygiene, nutrition, and the environmental influences which can have an effect on tooth shades.
A boom in whitening products for the general population began over 10 years ago, when professional grade whitening lights and easy-to-use strips hit store shelves. Now, nearly two-fifths of the American population have brightened their smiles using a vast array of products. This technology is always evolving, and the base standard for whitening continuously increases with each passing decade. Shades which were bright 20 years ago would be considered dull and yellowed now. However, in the last 12 years, a considerable amount of information has been gained pertaining to all of the options available for patients as well as the causes and effects surrounding tooth whitening.
You can depend on your trusted La Grange, IL dentist, Dr. Qureshi, to employ the latest and safest techniques to help you to look younger with brighter teeth, all without causing the least bit of damage to your precious pearlies!
Although there’s no such thing as a “general” whitening regimen, as our teeth are nearly as unique as our fingerprints, and reactions and results will vary widely from one individual to the next. Your La Grange dentist will offer advice to help you determine what’s the best approach for your particular situation. Something to keep in mind, as a rule of thumb, is that you should stop and reevaluate the method you’re using should you suffer a significant amount of pain or discomfort – either at home or in the dental office. Never ignore signals from your body that something is amiss. There are a number of possible reasons this is the case – perhaps you have extra sensitivity to the caustic compounds used in bleaches, or the intensity of the whitening lights is a bit too much, or it could be an indication of a serious dental malady, such as the presence of an undetected cavity!
Regardless of the origin of the problem, here’s a few pointers to help you make the best choice when it comes down to the numerous whitening choices available:
- Every 10℃ increase in heat accelerates the rate of reaction for hydrogen peroxide bleaching solutions by double. Light-based whitening products share this same effect, but the intensity required to see a significant change necessitates eye protection. Talk about a BRIGHT smile!
- The best results come from freshness: hydrogen peroxide is a bit volatile, and breaks down with the passage of time. Ensure that your whitening gels are tightly packaged in hermetically sealed vials or packages.
- The overall efficacy of your treatment relies on the amount of time the gel/light remains treating the tooth, and the regularity with which you apply the product to your teeth on consecutive days. The better this is maintained, the better the results.
- Some good news is that hydrogen peroxide, the active ingredient in many popular whitening gel formulas, simply decomposes into oxygens and…water! Therefore, the basic components are non-toxic, and highly unlikely to cause additional irritation. However, carbamide peroxide is a more complex and potent whitening agent, and because it breaks down to ammonia and hydrogen peroxide, it can potentially cause some irritation of the soft tissues in the mouth.
- When it comes to whitening, more is actually better; the more concentrated the peroxide solution, the greater the amount of bleaching in a given time, and the more efficient the product will be for a given amount.
- The benefit of enclosed gels and tray systems is that they prevent whitening oxygens from dispersing, and they maximize the time in which the gels act on the surface of the teeth themselves, while keeping them away from the tender gums, which are happiest staying their natural pink color.