Teeth whitening has become a multi-billion-dollar industry in the United States, with more people opting to bleach their pearly whites with each passing year. While strips and lights and in-office procedures have all been touted as the next big thing in tooth-whitening, their results aren’t always consistent, and, in some cases, can even cause stains on tooth enamel.
So, how can you safely get your teeth to look like they’ve never crossed paths with a cup of coffee? According to the school of dentistry at The Medical College of Georgia, Nightguard Vital Bleaching is the safest non-invasive method of tooth whitening out there.
Also referred to as “tray whitening,” this method uses custom trays based on a mold of your mouth with a carbamide peroxide gel at night while you sleep. What makes this method so effective is the use of a custom-fitted tray that delivers the whitening gel evenly to the teeth, unlike strips, which can get bleaching solution on your gums and lips. Luckily, tray whitening is also one of the few tooth-whitening practices the ADA recognizes as safe. Better yet, according to another study from University Of North Carolina, tray whitening has been consistently proven safe, with only minor risks associated with the process, like tooth sensitivity and gum irritation.
Companies like Smile Brilliant offer direct-to-consumer kits that make tray whitening simple, without a trip to the dentist required. Rather than going through the dentist to order a customer fit tray, this company provides their customers with tools to make their own teeth impressions. Once the impressions are sent to the company’s lab, a customized mold is sent back to the customers with whitening gel. Worn at night, the process is safe and easy. Depending on the cause and severity of discoloration, the whitening process can take between one week and several months. This method yields results lasting anywhere from three years to a lifetime.
And while drugstore products may be easier to come by, their results aren’t as consistent. Other methods, such as whitening strips or UV lights, can result in uneven whitening, creating a dull look. And whitening toothpastes don’t actually do much to brighten teeth, they just use micro abrasives to scrape off surface discoloration. However, regardless of how you choose to whiten your teeth, it’s always important to check in with your dentist to make sure there isn’t an underlying health issue keeping between you and the bright smile you want. And when you want to keep your teeth looking healthy and beautiful, turn to the 20 Secrets for Whiter Teeth After 40!
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