Teeth whitening, which is best for me?

Teeth whitening, which is best for me?

January 31, 2019

From reality stars to A-listers, they all have that bright, beaming smile. So how do they get their pearly white teeth? And how do we get ours? Teeth whitening has become increasingly popular over the years, with white smiles dominating the media.

There are many different teeth whitening products such as whitening toothpastes, charcoal powders, at home blue-light whitening, teeth whitening strips, hydrogen peroxide and a laser whitening session at the dentist. So which is the best whitening treatment for you?

 Whitening Toothpastes

This is a great place to start on your whitening journey. This option is budget friendly, can be purchased over the counter and delivers results over time. As well as caring for your dental hygiene, whitening toothpastes work to brighten your smile using polishers and abrasives. These ingredients help to remove surface stains, lighten discolouration and help to whiten. Our Nano Whitening Toothpaste is filled with Enamel Care Technology a patented ingredient, which whitens and remineralises teeth.

 Charcoal

 It’s hard not to scroll through social media and not find activated charcoal beauty products. Charcoal has been used for medicinal purposes for centuries, Activated charcoal is pure carbon, which is treated and “activated” to create a fine black odourless and tasteless powder which is highly absorbent. This means activated charcoal toothpastes are great for lifting staining on teeth and helping bad breath, which gives the appearance of a whiter, brighter smile.

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 Whitening Strips

 Strips can also be purchased over the counter and are great for a more noticeable and quicker shade change if worn for 14 days. Simply place the strips on top and bottom teeth, wait an hour and repeat every night for two weeks. Strips are a great way to brighten before a big event, they are best used alongside a whitening toothpaste. Our Nano Intensive Whitening Strips have been specially designed and approved by UK dentists. Through active whitening ingredients, they can help you to achieve not only a whiter smile but a healthy, white smile.

 Blue-Light Teeth Whitening

LED lights are a controversial product in the teeth whitening world. When used alone, they will not whiten your teeth what so ever. Dentists will often use LED light to accelerate peroxide whitening, to help whiten faster. At home LED without peroxide can be hit and miss, however with a good quality gel with excellent ingredients you will get great results. Our Intensive Whitening Kit is a great place to start, we do not supply a LED whitening light but it does contain high quality whitening gels. 

 Teeth whitening with a dentist

 Whitening solution prescribed by your dentist usually contain hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide and whiten teeth from the inside out. The peroxide solutions whiten the enamel of the teeth (the outer covering of the teeth) and then dentine (the inside of the teeth).

 Peroxide whitening is only effective at a higher level such as 6% hydrogen peroxide and 16% carbamide peroxide, this can only be prescribed by a dentist due to EU laws. Peroxide can be used in whitening strips, at home whitening gels and UV chair-side whitening. Peroxide whitening is the best way to whiten teeth, with longer lasting results and up to 11 shades whiter.

 Why can’t you purchase high level peroxide whitening in store?

 Due to EU laws, high levels of peroxide can only be prescribed by dentists and cannot be purchased in store. You are able to get teeth whitening products with a small amount of peroxide (0.1%) however, peroxide whitening is only effective at higher levels. Although the most effective way to whiten teeth, it is on the pricey side. You can be prescribed either hydrogen peroxide (6%) which can be worn for an hour, or carbamide peroxide (10%) which is great if you have sensitive teeth and should be worn over night. Peroxide can be prescribed in gel form which you simply leave on for an hour or overnight for two weeks and get up to 11 shades whiter! Whitening strips containing peroxide are a popular way to whiten, leaving on for an hour every day for 14 days. You can also have a faster treatment with the dentist using a UV light to accelerate the peroxide to help it to whiten quicker – this is the most popular way to whiten at the dentist.

 Did you know?

WhiteWash Laboratories also has a professional range which we sell to dental practices. You can choose from whitening gels, strips and UV whitening treatment with peroxide. Ask your local dentist if they stock WhiteWash Professional today.