Teeth Whitening: What To Watch Out For

Have you tried whitening your teeth before? If you have you very well may have tried an over-the-counter whitening kit with less than amazing results. Many of those kits suffer from serious problems that prevent them from really working! At Millburn Dental Arts we want to save you the money and time that those kits can waste!

Real teeth whitening is simple but has some important rules that commercial whitening kits tend to ignore. Our professional teeth whitening that can be done in the comfort of your own home produces results by using tried and true formulas and products that function better than those that are store bought. If you want to whiten your teeth be sure to watch out for the following things!

Watch Out For The Active Ingredients

When it comes to whitening teeth the ingredients are simple: it needs to be hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide. If there are any other active ingredients aside from these two then you probably aren’t getting a tested and reliable whitening product!

Teeth whitening works when hydrogen peroxide breaks down into oxygen and water. That chemical reaction acts as a sort of scrub that lifts stains out of your teeth and gives them a nice new luster. carbamide peroxide works in a similar way with just one extra step – the carbamide first breaks down into hydrogen peroxide and urea before continuing to oxygen and water.

Carbamide peroxide is generally considered less effective because there is more time needed to get a good result – hydrogen peroxide is what’s really doing the work. There also tends to be a lower concentration of hydrogen peroxide in carbamide products, making them simply less effective. The one benefit to using carbamide is that it tends to produce less sensitivity reactions in patients, making it a good choice for those who have experienced sensitivity in the past.

Don’t Trust Gimmicks

A lot of tooth whitening products feature items like LED lights that are supposed to make whitening faster and more efficient. There are other gimmicks out there as well and we can tell you reliably that they don’t do much at all! When you try using a whitening product with a light or other features you’re really just investing in a product based on professional dental whitening systems. Unfortunately the over-the-counter stuff just isn’t the same!

Teeth whitening products available at the drugstore also tend to be much weaker than their professional counterparts. The whitening that we provide at Millburn Dental Arts is far stronger than anything you’ll find at the store!

One Size Fits All Doesn’t Fit Anyone!

Almost every single whitening product on the market features two things: gel and trays that you wear in your mouth. This is the same general principle behind our whitening products but with one big exception: those trays ruin the whitening process completely!

Hydrogen and carbamide peroxide are both ruined by saliva, so if your whitening trays aren’t sealing it out you’re losing potency! Saliva mixed with whitening gels leads to weaker results, spotty bleaching, and even complete failure of the whitening gel.

How We Fix These Problems

Our take home whitening kits might be very similar to commercial kits but the packaging is where that ends. Our whitening gels are stronger and we also custom build your whitening trays – that’s a fundamental part of getting good results!

Custom build whitening trays are taken from impressions of your teeth and help in two big ways: they evenly distribute whitening gel and the lock out saliva! By keeping saliva out of your whitening trays and evenly distributing gel you get results that are reliable, predictable, and even. In just a few weeks of whitening in the evening you’ll have a great new smile that dazzles everyone in site!

Get White Teeth For The Holidays!

Thanksgiving has come and gone and the next round of holidays are upon us! If you act now you could still get a great white smile by the end of December! To schedule a visit to our MIllburn dentist office call us today at (973) 957-1604 or request an appointment by filling out our online form. We look forward to seeing you soon!


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