There are four key components I recommend for making sure you get the best possible teeth whitening results every time.
- If possible, immediately before whitening, brush your teeth for two minutes with an oxygenating toothpaste combined with the finest natural polishing agents and aloe vera to strengthen your gums and prevent any sensitivity. This way you’re sure that the whitening gel directly contacts your tooth enamel instead of dental plaque.
- Use form-fitting mouth trays that are fitted to your specific bite. Make sure they fit snugly around each tooth and that they press firmly around the sides of your teeth and gums at all points. The best home teeth whitening systems use a mouldable tray system that contains mouthpieces, which you can actually fit to your mouth. You mould them by soaking them for a few seconds in warm water, then press the plastic up (or down) against your teeth and gums. When the plastic cools, you have a nice soft plastic mouthpiece that is fitted to the curves of your particular smile.
- You should use as strong a teeth whitening gel as possible to ensure that the time your teeth are in contact with the whitening gel is well spent. Use a 21 per cent carbamide peroxide concentrated teeth whitening gel that is formulated specifically to reduce the sensitivity to your teeth and gums, (in other words – no glycerin!). This percentage of concentration also means a whiter result in a shorter period of time. Finally, a flavoured teeth whitening gel helps – why not make the experience as pleasant as possible? No need for it to taste bad!
- Immediately after your teeth whitening treatment, enhance the effect by using an oxygenating oral rinse. Remember to make sure not to use a mouthwash that contains alcohol as this can actually curtail the bleaching effect chemically and dry out your mouth!
I recommend following this teeth-whitening system for five days in a row. You can even do the top and bottom arch separately for comfort if you prefer. After that you’ll have a noticeably whiter smile – guaranteed!