Teeth Whitening… at the Airport?!?

Teeth whitening for airport travelersTeeth whitening isn’t just for Americans… it seems the whole planet wants white teeth.

Well, that just got easier for UK travelers, who can now get tooth whitening at the airport. Yes, the airport.

Passengers can make appointments at the Manchester and Birmingham airports for a 20-minute laser teeth whitening session before their flight departs. Patients can book online ahead of time, or even drop in for whitening at one of the 5-chair clinics.

The teeth bleaching program, launched under the name of “Smile Company,” is an offshoot of Brighter White Teeth Company, and uses a tooth whitening process developed in the US.

And of course, while patients get rid of their yellow teeth at the airport, they’re also welcome to pick up at-home teeth whitener products…

“Coffee, anyone? Peanuts? Teeth whiteners?”

Read more: Tooth whitening? Try before you fly

Best Tooth Whitening Methods Revealed by Dentists

Best teeth whitening methodsWhen it comes to teeth whitening, dentists say custom-fit bleaching trays for at-home whitening are the most effective option. Three-quarters of the dentists in this survey said it works great.

Dentists feel that in-office gel bleaching and laser teeth whitening work okay, but they are not impressed with store-bought teeth whiteners.

“The at-home custom-fit tray whitening method works best,” said one dentist. “Over the course of several days, the patient can control the degree of tooth whitening to her own preferences — something that cannot be said for the other methods. And once the custom trays are made, the patient can easily and efficiently perform the later ‘touch-ups’ that inevitably will be needed with the passage of time.”

“Who trusts a pimply faced kid at the mall to whiten their teeth?” asked a California dentist.

“Any monkey can whiten teeth,” said a Florida dentist. “The art is whitening to the fullest extent possible, which varies from person to person; and then to do it predictably without creating sensitivity. Sensitivity can be a real show stopper.”

Read more: Best Teeth Whitening Methods According to Dentists

Dentist Teeth Whitening Popularity (video)

Teeth whitening from the cosmetic dentistTooth whitening is one of the most popular forms of cosmetic dentistry, and even though some patients overdo it, five out of six dentists don't think it's a problem.

“If people want ‘toilet bowl teeth,’ so what?" asked one cosmetic dentist. "Too white? Isn't that like being too rich?"

“I still see 5-10 patients daily asking about teeth bleaching who have never done any teeth whitening previously," offered another dentist.

Dentists still see many patients asking about tooth whitening and procedures like laser teeth whitening that can only be done in a dentist's office. However, many patients choose over-the-counter teeth whiteners (often containing carbamide peroxide) to get the white teeth they desire.

Read more about whitening in the dentist's office: Are Today’s Consumers Over-Whitening Their Teeth?

The Truth About the Demand for OTC Teeth Whitening Products

The Truth About the Demand for OTC Teeth Whitening ProductsOver-the-counter teeth whitening products are popping up everywhere online — even EBay — with many of these products coming from companies in China.

Often the teeth whitening treatments available online contain high levels of hydrogen peroxide, which can be damaging to teeth enamel.

Tooth whitening is typically a safe dental treatment when carried out by a dentist who can determine if the dental patient is a good candidate for teeth whitening.

Based on this influx of teeth whitening kits from oversees, The Wealthy Dentist conducted a survey asking dentists about the popularity of over-the-counter teeth whitening products.

43% of the dentist respondents have seen the demand for over-the-counter whiteners increase, while 35% feel dental patients have become less interested in over-the-counter treatments. 22% believe the demand for these products have remained steady.

Here’s what some dentists had to say about over-the-counter teeth whiteners —

“A lot of patients have whitened their teeth. It seems that the ones who wanted whiter teeth have already done it.” (Oklahoma dentist)

“Whitestrips have had a significant impact on our office’s billings for cosmetic procedures. Revenues are down as patients use these instead of chair-side and tray whitening.” (Georgia dentist)

“We have had many patient’s complain that over-the-counter whiteners did not whiten there teeth enough or did not whiten interproximally very well. Take-home professional whitening with trays is one of the best available because we can whiten the whole tooth on all surfaces to get the tooth the whitest in can be.” (Ohio prosthodontist)

“Best place for patients to start if they have had a dental exam to rule out contraindications to whitening.” (New York dentist)

“With over-the-counter products patients can run the risk of over-whitening their teeth and making them susceptible to brittleness and sensitivity which can lead to bigger issues down the road.” (General dentist)

“With the cost of in-office whitening treatments going down, we have seen the demand for over-the-counter whiteners decrease.” (Wisconsin dentist)

What has your experience with over-the-counter teeth whitening products? Are you seeing dental patients less interested in these products, or has demand remained steady?

Teeth Whitening Does Not Damage Tooth Enamel

Tooth whitening brightens teeth, but some worry it may damage tooth enamel. Well, researchers have found that home bleaching does not damage enamel.

Published in the Journal of the American Dental Association, this study examined the effects of 10% carbamide peroxide (the active ingredient in many home teeth whiteners) on human tooth enamel.

They found that teeth bleaching does not effect enamel wear. (However, dentin is susceptible to erosion from tooth whitening products.)

This is excellent news, dispelling any notions that whitening yellow teeth through cosmetic dentistry can be bad for one’s oral health.

Read more about teeth whitening at the JADA: Erosion and Abrasion of Enamel and Dentin Associated With At-Home Bleaching

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