There are two types of tooth whitening gel that are available to buy. Both of them have been proven to whiten your teeth to give them a healthy and sexy natural white appearance. But although they are proven to work, are they safe?
The two gels mainly sold with home teeth whitening kits are peroxide based and sodium bicarbonate based. Although each of them work, are they actually safe to use?
Peroxide Based Tooth Whitening Gels:
Prior to 2012, peroxide based kits where believed to be the best, and thousands and thousand of people bought these kits in order to get a whiter smile.
However due to many people complaining of negative side effects such as teeth sensitivity, burnt lips and gums irritation all teeth whitening kits that contain peroxide are now banned for sale in all EU counties.
Peroxide is a substance used to bleach your hair which isn’t an ideal substance to be putting into your mouth for any period of time. Gels with peroxide as there main ingredient are not safe to use while pregnant or breast feeding as you may swallow some of the solution which may or may not have some kind of effect on your baby.
Although studies are still ongoing to prove this true or not, professionals advise that it is best to air on the side of caution and wait till you give birth before using this type of tooth whitening gel.
Some professionals even believe that these type of peroxide kits can weaken the enamel on your teeth, but studies have shown this weakening is not significant enough to make much of a difference to the strength of your teeth, but who wants to take that chance!
As peroxide can still legally be sold and used in countries outside the EU such as the United States, we feel we need to raise awareness of the possible side effects it could cause you if you choose to use this chemical based gel. Remember the majority of these kits do work, but its up to you whether you want to risk suffering from the negative side effects they can cause.
Sodium Bicarbonate Based Gel:
This tooth whitening gel is completely natural and since the peroxide ban, it has become the best and safest alternative substance to whitening your teeth. These gels also work faster than any peroxide gel on the market.
It is clinically proven to be effective as well as completely safe due to it being 100% natural. Even if you have sensitive teeth it is totally safe to use and may just help to stop your teeth’s sensitivity if you choose the right sodium bicarbonate based kit. The most popular and effective kit that has been released to the market for 2012 is one called Zero Peroxide.
As the name suggest there is absolutely no peroxide in the gel. Instead it contains the main effective ingredient sodium bicarbonate as well as other natural ingredients that not only whiten your teeth greatly but that also promotes teeth and gum health.
What Age are you?
If you are under the age of 18 it is very important that you avoid using the teeth whitening kits containing peroxide whether they are banned in your country or not. The reason for this is because the nerve in your teeth are not properly developed until around the age of 18.
So if you are under the age of 18 your best bet is to try brushing and flossing more and if you really want you can use the sodium bicarbonate based tooth whitening gel kit such as Zero Peroxide.
It is a fact that both gels do work, but as mention the peroxide based tooth whitening gel have been reported to cause negative side effects, and this is backed up by the EU banning it for sale in their countries.
Basically sodium bicarbonate based gels are the best and safest option for you to choose if you decide that a home teeth whitening kit is the best choice for giving you a bright, sexy white smile that is free from stains and yellow discolouration!