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FAQ: What Is Tooth Whitening Gel?

What is tooth whitening gel, and does it work? We take a look in this article.

Before you put anything in your mouth, it’s a good idea to know two things. First up, you want to know what it is, especially when it comes to medical products or strange chemicals. Second off, you want to know what’s in the product exactly, so that you know that what you’re using is safe. This is why you don’t want to just go and run out and use whitening gel likely, without really knowing what the substance is, and what you can expect from use.

That’s why you likely want to ask a few questions to yourself, before you really venture out into whether or not this is the right type of compound for you. With just about any type of whitening gel, you know that it’s something actually capable of dying your teeth totally white, so that you can strip off years of abuse. But you also want to know how it works, so that you can be careful about how the compound is used. With whitening gel you can always see some great results, but only if you really know what you’re doing beforehand. So you want to ask a few questions, and some of the most common you’re probably going to have include:

1) What is whitening gel?

Basically, this is a special type of compound in gel form, that’s made to go on the teeth, for the purposes of actually stripping stains and whitening the teeth themselves. Most commonly this type of gel actually contains bleach, which is why you have to carefully monitor use, because bleach can be quite dangerous when ingested. What you’re also going to find is that whitening gel can include other types of compounds, but the general principle behind how the system is supposed to work is always the same.

2) How is whitening gel used?

No matter what sort you are going to be applying to the teeth, there are a few different methods. The number one is at the dentists office, in which they actually apply a very strong version of the compound to your teeth, and that bleaches very quickly and you’re also able to see major results very quickly as well. But there’s also a home version of whitening that you can do as well. With a tray that’s actually made by your dentist, you’re able to insert gel, and then insert that tray into your mouth, and use it almost like a mouth guard. This way, you keep the tray in place and you’re able to whiten your teeth for the duration of the time you have it inside your mouth.

3) Are there negative effects of teeth whitening?

The unfortunate truth that many people do not realize, is that there can be some negative side effects with whitening gel. That’s because of how strong the compound is, and with the way that it actually strips away stains, it can strip away enamel as well. That can cause tooth sensitivity, or even weakness. Tooth sensitivity can mean a heightened perception to hot and cold, as well as contact from a toothbrush, making any miserable.

4) Does whitening gel actually work?

The simple answer is yes, but only to some degree. What you’re going to find with this type of gel is that it will strip off the stains somewhat, but you’re not going to get that dazzling white look as though you never had any stains on your teeth in the first place. The only way to do that would be to actually have porcelain veneers installed over the teeth, as a new insert instead of your actual teeth. The only way to ever get them fully white once more, is to basically install new teeth, which is not always possible or plausible for everyone.

5) How much does whitening gel cost?

That depends upon the type of application that you opt for. In the dentists office it’s going to cost you anywhere from $400 and up in most cases for a professional application. But instead putting the gel on yourself, you can save a ton of money with costs more reasonably in the $100 range as you’re only paying for materials. However, you can’t always see the same positive results when attempted at home, so it’s not always the best course of action.

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