How To Bleach Your Teeth At Home Fast
It seems that gleaming white teeth are the latest fashion accessory, but if your teeth are less than pearly white, I’m sure you’d love to know how to bleach teeth at home fast. Let’s face it, we don’t all have limitless amounts of money to spend on our beauty routines and we’re always looking for ways to cut costs, but there are things you can do to remove stains from your teeth and restore your childhood smile without breaking the bank. And what’s more, the solution is quick, painless and easily carried out at home.
As we age our teeth start to look darker as we absorb stains from tea, coffee, red wine and nicotine. This leaves us with yellow looking teeth, which makes us self conscious and knocks our confidence. While we’d love to visit a dentist, sit back in the chair and let a laser do all the work, most of us just don’t have the spare cash to make this dream a reality. Here’s where the fastest way to whiten teeth at home, especially bleaching kits can help and here you will see how to bleach teeth at home fast, with the minimum of fuss and very little outlay.
If you start wondering how much does it cost to bleach your teeth whiter, rest assured the best at home bleaching kits can be bought in most pharmacies, drug stores, health and beauty shops and, of course, online and are ideal if you’d like to lighten your teeth by several shades as they produce fast, even results in a relatively short period of time. But before you rush out and buy the first kit you see, you need to know a few things about them and how they work.
What is contained in a home bleaching kit?
Home bleaching kits come complete with syringes of bleaching gel containing either hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide. This is the active ingredient which removes the stains. When the gel is applied to the teeth it is absorbed through the micro-pores of the enamel, through to the inner most level of the dentine. Here it comes into contact with the stains and at this point it breaks down into oxygen and water, with the oxygen oxidizing the stain into smaller white coloured particles. The more you use the gel, the more of an effect it has on the stains, until your teeth become the shade of white you desire.
You’ll also find a set of rubber or plastic mouth trays in the kit, together with a shade chart. Some kits have a blue laser light too, which speeds up the processing time.
How to use a kit
Before you can use your kit you’ll need to customize the rubber trays to fit your teeth. This is easily done by immersing the trays into boiling water until they are soft and malleable. You should then fit these onto your teeth, being careful not to burn yourself, and press the tray against your teeth and gums to mold them to the shape of your mouth, then remove and leave to cool. Once cool, try them for size, removing any excess rubber with scissors to avoid the gel coming into contact with your gums. Here is a step by step video about proper tray construction:
Now you are ready to use your kit. I always like to clean my teeth thoroughly first before I fit the trays. This should be followed by squeezing a small amount of gel into each tooth indentation, literally the size of a pin head (you can always add more later if necessary). When all the indentations have been filled, you then carefully fit the molds to your teeth, wiping away any excess gel. Some manufactures recommend that you paint the gel onto your teeth with a cotton bud before fitting your trays, so it’s wise to follow the instructions given with your particular kit. The trays should then be left in place for the time advised in the instructions which tell you how to bleach teeth at home fast.
To accelerate whitening time, some of the kits incorporate LED ‘laser’ light technology – a blue or white light which you place in your mouth while wearing your trays. These lights can speed up the whole process by up to 300%, meaning that you are able to reduce the whitening time to just 15 minutes a day, while still achieving lightening of up to eleven shades. The main advantage of using one of these lights is that you reduce the amount of time the gel spends in contact with your gums, thus reducing the chance of sensitivity. I would suggest that you buy a kit with a light, although the lights can be bought separately. You may see them advertised as blue light or white light, but they both do the same job.
Once your allotted time is up, remove the trays and clean your teeth thoroughly, ensuring that you rinse with plenty of water to get rid of any remaining gel. You should also clean out your trays and leave them to ‘air dry’ before the next use.
You continue to use your trays on alternate days until you achieve the shade of whiteness you desire. This is where the shade chart comes in. Mark the chart with your starting shade and then you can easily see how many shades lighter you’d like your teeth to be.
Of course, when considering how to bleach teeth at home fast, you should also be aware of some of the problems that could occur. Some gels contain ingredients which extend their shelf life, but which are extremely acidic and able to dissolve the minerals in your teeth, therefore you should always check that the gel you are buying is PH neutral.
You should also note that home bleaching kits contain a lower concentration of active ingredients in the gel to that in professional kits used by dentists. As concentrations vary, it’s a good idea to check the percentage concentration of active ingredients in the gel before you buy the kit.
Bleaching with Baking Soda
Of course, some people still swear by the old fashioned method of how to bleach teeth at home fast by using baking soda. With this method you simply wet your toothbrush and then dip it into the baking soda before brushing your teeth thoroughly for at least two minutes. It does do a great job at removing surface stains but is not as good at removing deeper stains. Also known as sodium bicarbonate, baking soda is a mild abrasive; however overuse can damage the enamel of your teeth, which in turn leads to increased staining over time. However some home bleaching kits are now incorporating baking soda into their formulations to make gels which are more suitable for those people with sensitive teeth who find using the usual gels painful.
In conclusion, if you want to improve the look of your teeth, home bleaching kits are an excellent way to lighten up your smile. They’re quick, easy and generally pain free and they do achieve noticeable and lasting results. And don’t forget, once you’ve reached your desired shade, use a good brand of whitening toothpaste to keep your teeth glowing. The effect of the lightening should last anywhere between 6 months and 2 years. So now you know how to bleach teeth at home fast – what are you waiting for? Buy a kit and get bleaching today.