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Decided to go to the dentist for the professional whitening yet?
Everyone is correct in the fact that you simply will not get the results with a at home whitening kit that would be the equivalent to a professional in-office bleaching treatment. ( Unless is a take home kit prescribed by your dentist, not the drugstrore kind)
Think about a whitening strip, its a flat seran wrap piece of film that has some bleaching material in it..... strips cannot adhere to every contour and crevice between ( in the interproximal areas) your teeth. That means that the front flat surface gets treated but the interproximals don't. You also run into the problem of burning the gums if the film sits on soft tissue.
Even the drugstore brands that give you a tray and a light.......the tray is not custom fitted to your teeth so it will result in uneven whitening. And the lights they are advertising...hmmmmm...ill pass on those. The ZOOM! light used in the office is what I would rely on.
In my opinion, whitening strips can help if you've already bleached and this is your follow up at home, other than that. blah.
Also, like jjjareau said, if you have current dental problems and you try to bleach over a tooth that may have a cavity or something.....trust me....you'll regret the attempt to do it yourself. By having your doctor monitor your in office bleaching session they can make sure that no soft tissue is being burned, and that your teeth are in sound condition for a whitening.
Again, tooth pastes that claim to bleach aren't really going to make you have a suddenly pearly white smile. They are great for maintenance of bleached teeth, but do not expect miracles. Tooth pastes generally "whiten" but do not "bleach". By "whiten" I mean that they polish the tooth, removes surface stains, but is not actually making your tooth WHITER, make sense? Hope this helps!
THEN AGAIN IT DEPENDS ON YOUR ORAL SURGEON TOO B'CUZ YOU HAVE SOME DENTIST WHO TELL YOU THAT YOU NEED TO GET FOLLOW UP WHITENING TREATMENTS AFTER THE 1ST SESSION.... EVERY SO OFTEN (MAYBE 2-4Xs A YEAR) DEPENDING ON THE CURRENT COLOR OF THE TEETH AND THE POTENTIAL COLOR OUTCOME AS WELL. HAVE YOU LOOKED INTO VENEERS? (WHITER + STRAIGHTER TEETH PACKAGE)
I had zoom whitening done by my dentist, and I would not recommend it. It was very painful after!!!! At first your teeth look super white because they are dehydrated I was told. The color settles in a few weeks, which basically meant that they weren't overly white after for me.
I find using crest white strips does a good job without the pain. I buy the professional effects ones and like them. Yes they don't cover all your teeth, but you could use more than one if you want. Also I have had trays made by my dentist and used the syringes of gel. That was good also, but a little more sensitive, so I had to be careful about how long and how often I used it.
I think either of those two options are better than the intense one time whitening in a dentist's chair. It honestly was sooo painful later that evening. I was crying in pain.
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