Things to Know Before Purchasing Teeth Whitening

While teeth whitening solutions make your teeth whiter, you still need to consider some questions before investing in teeth whitening.

  1. Is teeth whitening effective?

Whitening solution is pure chemistry which has guidelines specified to the product itself. If the directions are not properly followed, it cannot produce effective results. The method known for its effectiveness when it comes to teeth whitening encompass the custom fitted whitening trays which are designed to prevent the oxygen from getting out, increasing the exposure time at the same time. Whitening products are designed in such a way that it releases a chemical into your tooth enamel and create a reaction. This helps in letting the chemical to bleach the tooth in the ongoing process of oxygenation and diffusing. The former lets the stain breakdown and removes the debris with the help of diffusion.

  1. How many gel syringes would I require?

It is entirely dependent on the individual and hard to gauge without actually looking at your teeth, but you can consider the general guideline:

  1. Lightly stained teeth: 3 gel syringes
  2. Moderately stained teeth: 6 gel syringes
  • Heavily stained teeth: 9 gel syringes

Please note that 1 gel syringe is tantamount to 3 full applications. Also, a single application being both the lower and upper teeth.

  1. Does the whitening solution affect my gums?

There might be a few instances where you would feel gum irritation from teeth whitening to some degree. Whitening teeth don’t cause permanent damage to your gums, but there is a risk factor for using a professional teeth whitening which causes a temporary gum irritation. Gum irritation or soft tissue due to the teeth whitening gel can be referred to as a chemical burn and it is very comparable to the typical sunburn. When a chemical burn takes place, the area becomes mildly sore, whitens and flakes off at last. The tissue becomes normal within a day.

  1. Would I require a desensitizing gel?

The function of the desensitizing gel is to lessen the sensitivity and the re-staining rate. When the whitening product processes its natural functions from active to inactive, the tubules or the pores on the teeth are left in the open and exposed completely. This process is called dehydration. A tooth which is professionally whitened can also stay partially dehydrated for a span of 48 hours or until and unless the tubules or the pores in the teeth are re-mineralized by the organic substance found in the saliva. It is highly recommended to prevent extremely hot and cold food, along with sweet and salty substances as well. This is done in order to avoid the nerve tissue irritation which can make the tooth very sensitive. Until and unless the tooth is entirely rehydrated, it will soak up any color of food or liquid it is subjected to. With the help of a desensitizing gel, it will replace the vital vitamins and minerals required and temporarily close the tubules to lessen the restraining rate and minimizing the sensitivity.