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Teeth Whitening Products Q&A

Updated on September 16, 2009

When it comes to teeth whitening products there are many choices today, which can lead to a lot of confusion. Having a beautiful brilliant light smile at something that almost everybody strives for. It's no wonder that there has been a tremendous boom in teeth whitening methods over the past decade. People looking for natural teeth whitening can look for professional tooth whitening with the dentist, or decide to go with at-home teeth whitening kits. Are there advantages or disadvantages to one over the other? That's what we'll take a look at in this article.

Q. What are my options when it comes to a teeth whitener?
A. The first fork in the road we need to make a decision is whether you're going to go into a professional dentist's office for a professional tooth whitening process or whether you're going to look for an at home teeth whitening process.

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flickr image by Ninha Morandini

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Q. When it comes to teeth whitening prices, what should I be prepared to spend?
A. This will depend a lot on the teeth whitening products you choose to use. We'll talk about different teeth whitening gel options and procedures in a moment. But when it comes to professional tooth whitening, you can feel good knowing that prices have come down a lot in the past 10 years or so. Not only that, but the process is much quicker, easier, and generally less of a pain. For professional services you can still expect to be paying several hundred dollars or even as much as $1000. But remember, there are at-home teeth whitening kits available for much less, some starting as low as $25, as well as some natural teeth whitening options that you might want to consider that will cost you a lot less.

Q. So what exactly do they do to my teeth anyways to make them whiter?

A. There are number of different teeth whitening products that might be applied to your teeth to help get them as white as can be. One of the newer methods is combining a teeth whitening gel along with a bright light either in the form of a laser or argon light. This combination accelerates the teeth whitening process.

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flickr image by glindsay65

Will Tooth Whitening Work For Me and Last Forever?

Q. If I use a teeth whitener, am I guaranteed to get good results?
A. While it's not absolutely guaranteed, studies show that about 80% of the people who implement some kind of teeth whitening methods do see good results.

Q. With the use of teeth whitening kits, does the bright whiteness last?
A. Even with professional tooth whitening, the whiteness will not last forever. Teeth yellow due to contact with various organic matters such as coffee, tea, certain foods and cigarette smoke (for those people who smoke). For this reason, teeth whitening products and procedures are not a one-time shot if you want to maintain a bright white smile.

The Latest & Greatest in Teeth Whitener Products

Q.what's the latest craze in tooth whitening?
A. There are probably two main, recent developments in teeth whitening. The first is a process known as zoom whitening which uses a combination of teeth whitening gel and bright lights as discussed above. It is applied in three 15 minute sessions and seems to have a very strong, positive following. The other process involves an oral powder. Apparently, this is a "take anywhere" powder that you can throw in your mouth on the go. The idea is that at any time, any place, you can contribute to the whitening of your teeth. This author is not able to comment further on this technique. However, more and more discussions about this approach are coming out online every day. You may be able to find more information with quick web search.

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Overview

These are many of the most common questions we get asked when it comes to various teeth whitening products, approaches and systems. The overall verdict on teeth whitening in general is a very positive one. Again, you have your choice to go with a professional tooth whitener, find at home teeth whitening kits, or even find some natural teeth whitening methods that may work very well for you. In the end the point is this; if your teeth are not as white as you would like them to be, there's no reason for you to suffer with that. There are many teeth whitening solutions to choose from, and there's no doubt that one of them will be right for you.

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