Comparing whitening agents: which is more effective?
This summary is based on the article published in the Dental News: Comparison of short-term effectiveness of four different tooth whitening systems (September 2012)
Popular media has had an impact on swaying people’s opinion about teeth whitening. It is increasingly considered that whiter teeth are healthier and more pleasing. As a consequence, there has been large demand for such procedure accompanied by a proliferation of tooth-whitening materials and methods.
The study aims at:
- Reporting and comparing the short-term effectiveness and major side effects of four (4) different whitening systems (Opalescence 20%; BRITESMILE 2000; ZOOM; and ZOOM3 in combination with Day White 9.5%).
- Investigating if combination treatments yield better bleaching effects.
- Assessing the patient satisfaction level of the whitening treatments.
- All whitening systems tested were effective (short term) with no significant difference.
- Tooth and gingival sensitivity is increased following the whitening procedure. However, this is a transient effect.
- The combination of the home+in-office whitening procedure is more effective than each procedure alone.
- Patient satisfaction with the whitening procedure was high.
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