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The images all over Instagram of celebs with their at-home LED teeth whitening kits got us really wondering just how safe and effective these kits are. So we turned to our resident smile expert, dentist Jospeh Banker to get a mouthful on the best way to choose your own and get the grin you crave:
Dr. Banker, what has triggered the new LED light teeth whitening craze?
The in-office whitening lights were previously halogen, which caused significant sensitivity as a result of tooth dehydration. Teeth did appear whiter, but patients were often extremely uncomfortable. The heat from the halogen lights caused significant sensitivity.
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New technology incorporates high powered LED lights which have a higher light output with significantly less heat. These LED lights have been shown to accelerate the whitening process. The battery operated "at-home" kits cannot duplicate the strength of the "in-office" LED lights, so therefore are simply not as effective.
Is LED at-home teeth whitening safe?
LED whitening at home is safe but not as effective as in-office treatment. However, one benefit of the light is that it actually acts as a timer to help keep patients keep the whitening product in contact with the teeth for the right amount of time.
I am not aware of any "light activated" ingredients in take-home whitening kits and the minimal amount of heat generated by a battery operated LED would do little to accelerate whitening.
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Is it normal to be sensitive to these at-home whitening kits? Is there any pain involved?
Some sensitivity is normal. Hydrogen peroxide can irritate the gums and any areas of the teeth that are not covered with a thick enough layer of enamel (typically close to the gums). Any areas that are sensitive before beginning a whitening procedure should be avoided. The sensitivity will only get worse.What does aries mean? how to find texture paint helper in daz What was q tips made for? How to buy hdmi cables tips? What spices are good for dogs? How to program liftmaster garage door opener? What does moderate mean in politics? What is the meaning of zika virus? What does vitality mean? What does queued mean in email? How to make a fence in minecraft? Tips when posing for pictures? Happier when you're gone lyrics meaning? How are tips priced? Math tricks z what can you do to these numbers and always get a 6? What does amab mean? Tricks on how to get a bigger dick? How to make kewpie mayo? What does hmu mean? How to get an oil stain out? 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