Smokers all suffer from the same
problem sooner or later: Yellow teeth!
Yellow teeth caused by smoking is
just another byproduct of the smoking habit, however unlike most of the
negative side effects, yellow teeth can be fixed. In extreme cases,
professional teeth whitening services may be the only way to restore your
teeth, but for most smokers, teeth can be whitened at home for a fraction of
the cost of a professional service.
There are many teeth whitening products that are designed to be used at
home, but very few are as effective as a home bleaching. A fairly new
technology is whitening lights, which utilize super bright light technology,
which when used in conjunction with bleaching kits, is believed to speed up
whitening results, however there is no concrete evidence to support this.
How do teeth whitening kits work? Teeth whiteners nearly universally rely on
either carbamide peroxide or hydrogen peroxide. If you recognize these
names, it is because both carbamide peroxide and hydrogen peroxide are both
used in hair bleaching products. When used orally, carbamide peroxide breaks
down into hydrogen peroxide and urea. Hydrogen peroxide is the actual
whitening compound. Your teeth are composed of a thin inner dentin layer,
and an outer enamel layer. When you eat, smoke, or put anything in your
mouth, another layer begins to form on top of the enamel layer. This layer
can be reduced somewhat with whitening tooth pastes, but it is generally a
very resilient film. As this layer remains on your teeth, the enamel layer
beneath begins to stain as a result. The goal of home whitening kits is to
actively reduce this outer layer, which allows hydrogen peroxide to bleach
the teeth of the stain.
Smokers may find that home whitening kits work for them, depending on how
long they have been smoking, and how many times they smoke a day. In extreme
cases, even the strongest hydrogen peroxide products will be unable to
reduce stains. With modern advances in teeth whitening, the likelihood of a
product not working, even for a heavy smoker, is highly unlikely.
One of the most effective smoker friendly teeth whitening products is Alta
White, which is used by many smokers to quickly and effectively reduce
stains on the teeth. Utilizing a simple applicator to apply the product to
your teeth means you don't need to fumble with messy trays, or struggle to
put on strips evenly. You simply paint the whitening gel on, and then wait
for the results (which are never far behind!)