Teeth whitening gel is widely used today to treat teeth that are discolored. It is not that expensive and is very easy to use which is why almost anyone can buy them and benefit from using it. Furthermore, you can do it in the comfort of your home.
These whitening gels are comprised of hydrogen peroxide, carbamide peroxide and sodium percarbonate or sodium perbromate. These ingredients are essential to remove stains in the teeth and whiten them.
Different Ways to Use Teeth Whitening Gels
There are some gels, such as peroxide gels, that need to be applied to the teeth with the aid of a toothbrush. This helps to reach the corners and edges where the gel would not have reached easily. Some of the gels need to be applied twice a day for better effect.
Besides toothbrush, trays are also one of the most common methods to be used with these bleaching gels. The gels come in special dental trays which are fixed to the upper and lower sets of teeth to gain maximum exposure to the teeth area.
They come in fixed sizes as well as “boil-and-bite” versions which are basically trays where the size can be customized to suit the user’s set of teeth. By this way, the gel in the trays can reach to all parts of the teeth and not leaving out any edge or side of the teeth.
The gel is applied to the tray and must be worn for a specific period of time, which depends on the concentration of the whitening ingredients in the gel and the amount used.
Teeth whitening gel can show results in a few days to a few weeks depending on which type of gel is used. If used correctly, these gels can indeed help one obtain bright and beautiful smile. However, if it is being used too often, it can cause negative impact.
It can bring damages to the enamel, which is the outer most layers of the teeth. Subsequently, the teeth are vulnerable to all sorts of bacterial attacks and infections. It can also make the teeth to be more sensitive than before and lead to further dental problems.
Moreover, overuse of these gels to retain whiteness in the teeth can also damage the gums as they can become sensitive and cause bleeding. This is because not all teeth can withstand a high concentration of bleaching agent in a prolonged period of time. This is why one should always consult a dentist before beginning to use such teeth whitening gel.