A great smile can be the key to unlocking professional success and a sense of personal value which is a key to self-confidence. However, maintaining that flawless smile can involve a lot of pain and discomfort – or at least it used to.
The combined effects of coffee, red wine, smoking and often a diet of fast and convenience foods would leave teeth stained. And for many who are involved in marketing or even daily interaction with others in both their professional and personal lives, this is not an ideal state of affairs.
For people who wanted a dazzling smile a trip to an oral hygienist used to be required. More often than not this visit would involve the use of instruments that looked as if they would be more suited to a medieval torture chamber. And the discomfort could be intense.
Today there is an alternative. These are the latest in the line of professional teeth whitening kits that can be used in the comfort of one’s own home.
Although in the past many of the promises that were made by the manufacturers and marketers of these kits were dubious, to say the least, the latest versions have harnessed new compounds and new technologies to make them more effective than the older kits.
However, it is important to note that the results of using a home kit may vary from person to person and that the compounds that are used in these kits may be less effective on certain types of stains.
So for those in search of that flawless smile what are the best professional tooth whitening kits on the market today?
Let’s take a closer look.
One of the most popular ways of whitening teeth is through the use of whitening strips. The market leader in these sorts of products is Crest. The latest kit that they have brought to market is the ‘Crest 3D White Professional Effects Whitestrips Teeth Whitening Kit.’
Each pack contains 40 strips and can be used for 20 days. They are extremely easy to apply, just peel off the backing and apply to teeth. The strips are activated by saliva. Leave in for 30 minutes and then remove. The active ingredient is Hydrogen Peroxide. The strips can even remove deep stains that would otherwise require a trip to the dentist.
For that urgent and pressing need to get your teeth a shade or two lighter you are going to need a kit that acts quickly – not one that takes weeks to provide a great smile, enter the ‘Rembrandt 2-Hour Whitening Kit‘.
The kit comes complete with ‘trays’ that you will need to mold to your teeth. They are softened by immersing them in hot water. Bite down on them and they will match the contours of your bite pattern. Then squeeze some of the gel into the applicator.
Bite down onto the applicator and leave it in place for 20 minutes then remove and rest for 10 minutes. Then another 20 minutes and so on until you have completed a 2-hour cycle (four applications). This kit also uses Hydrogen Peroxide but adds Potassium Hydroxide to the mix. This is harsher than the Hydrogen Peroxide but means that it is faster acting.
The application can cause a mild burning sensation. Use a toothpaste that is designed for sensitive teeth for a week after applying.
The GLO Science ‘Brilliant Personal Teeth Whitening Device‘ is about as close as you’re going to get to the kind of teeth whitening you would get at a dentist’s office. A gel is applied to the teeth and then the device is switched on and inserted into the mouth (think of it as resembling a sports ‘mouthguard’).
The heat and light from the device activate the gel. It will automatically shut off after 8 minutes. Each session is split up into four 8 minute treatments. This treatment is pricey when compared to others but the manufacturer claims exceptional results in just under a week. You are going to pay that premium price, but the results are just about as close to professional as you are going to get with home treatment.
Professional teeth whitening kits have come on in leaps and bounds in recent years. It may take some trial and error to find one that is best suited to your individual needs. But persevere and you will enjoy a brighter smile.